Man sacked for slurs on Facebook
February 9, 2011
A Gold Coast man has lost his job after his employer confronted him about derogatory comments he published on Facebook.
Jason Dowling, who worked on the Hinze Dam Project managed by Thiess Pty Ltd, has been stood down after admitting to posting offensive remarks following a tip-off by a member of the public.
A 25-year-old law student from Lismore who only wanted to be identified as Caroline told ninemsn she emailed Thiess on January 30 with a link to Mr Dowling’s Facebook page.
Four days later she received a response from Thiess group HR manager Mark Vining saying Mr Dowling’s employment at the company had been terminated following an investigation.
In addition, a second unidentified employee was also fired and a third tendered his resignation.
“Those comments are in no way supported by our business practices, are in breach of various Company and Project policies, and certainly not encouraged or endorsed by the management of Thiess,” Mr Vining wrote in that letter.
“Thiess has a long and proud history of promoting diversity and equality in our workforce, and have many programmes in place to support these objectives.”
Caroline told ninemsn she first saw screen shots of Mr Dowling’s comments posted on the website PWSNT.com and “out of curiosity” looked him up on Facebook…
Jason’s comments were admittedly pretty bad–Muhammad Ali is “just another loud mouth nigger”; an Aborigine with a stutter is a “cocoon”; Dreamworld is sadly “full of gooks n Muslims”; blah blah blah–but not all that unusual. There are mountains of hateful idiocy on Facebook, which The Antibogan blog regularly documents.
See also : Richard Wolstencroft ~versus~ Richard Wolstencroft (January 23, 2011) | F— Off We’re Facebook (January 25, 2010) | F*** Off, We’re Full (Of Terrie-Annes) (July 2, 2009) | Nicole Hanley : For Blood & Honour (April 6, 2009).