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Insurance Department apologizes for 'offensive' email

Offensive email: State Insurance Department issues apology for email; says employee responsible.
BY DON MECOY Business Writer Modified: February 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm •  Published: February 9, 2012

The State Insurance Department apologized Thursday after the agency inadvertently issued an email that contained “offensive and unacceptable language.”

The agency's widely distributed email was seeking nominees for awards to be presented during a tornado preparedness summit next month. The category of Insurance Commissioner's Award was to be “presented to the girl with the biggest t- - - .”

In a statement issued about an hour later, the department said one of its employees was responsible. That unidentified employee “is deeply apologetic,” the statement said.

Disciplinary action was being taken against the employee, but no detail was provided on what the discipline might be.

“This email was not vetted through the normal process and neither the Insurance Commissioner nor any supervisory staff was aware of the distribution,” the agency's statement said. “The Oklahoma Insurance Department, again, deeply apologizes for the unacceptable language.”

A corrected version of the original email was sent about 30 minutes after the first email.