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Facebook comments spark man's sacking

Malvern Editorial 20th Aug, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A COUNCIL worker has been sacked after posting racist messages on his Facebook page.

The man, who the Observer have chosen not to name, was employed as a refuse collector by Malvern Hills District Council which launched an immediate investigation when a member of the public complained.

His profile, which stated he worked for MHDC, contained a post uploaded in May which made reference to racist groups and called on people to join the campaign to ‘ban the burka’.

The council’s probe unearthed further messages posted to his 250 plus friends, such as ones from November which made racist jokes about black bin bags and where he boasted about having slaves.

A council spokeswoman said the authority had a clear policy on the use of social media which states anything which is likely to bring the council, its customers, partners or its employees into disrepute would be classed as gross misconduct, which the man was ultimately dismissed for.

Ivor Pumfrey, head of community services at the council, added: “The council has a legal duty to promote equality which it takes very seriously. We will not tolerate discrimination of any form by our employees. We took immediate action as soon a we were made aware of these comments.”

 

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