A Texas hospital worker will have to update her Facebook profile to ‘unemployed’ after she posted a racist comment on her personal Facebook page.
The woman, whose name has not been released, had some pretty strong views about those protesting in Ferguson and took to Facebook to share her views.
“The police need to just start mowing them down with machine guns, purge them,” she wrote.
That public post was seen by a man, who was also not identified by KHOU, who said he was “highly offended” by the “very racist” post.
So he decided to look the woman up and learned that she worked at a Houston area hospital – Memorial Hermann Southeast.
“It shouldn’t be tolerated when you’re a professional,” said the man. “A hospital is a place where you’re supposed to have compassion upon people of all races.”
While it is unclear if the man told the Texas hospital or if they found out on their own, within hours of the post being shared around the internet, hospital administrators had found out about the Facebook post and quickly terminated the woman.
They also turned to social media with a message of their own:
“A non-nurse employee posted an offensive comment,” the hospital PR team wrote. “MH absolutely disagrees with that post. We have a 107 year history of serving everyone. The individual is no longer an employee of Memorial Hermann.”
While the racist remark was not made while on the job or even aimed at either a patient or staff member at the hospital, according to KHOU’s legal analyst, Gerald Treece, the hospital had every right to fire the woman for posting her offensive thoughts on her personal page.
“People have the right of free speech, but employers can fire you for whatever they want in the state of Texas,” Treece said.
The man who was so offended by the racist post put it another way, “Even freedom of speech has its consequences,” he said.
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