An Iowa woman cannot claim unemployment benefits after she was fired for making derogatory remarks against Mexicans, the Des Moines Register reports.
The ruling was made by Iowa’s Employment Appeals Board, which reversed an earlier decision by Administrative Law Judge Beth Scheetz, who said former Dexter Laundry employee Angela Diers deserved unemployment benefits.
Scheetz had originally approved Diers’s request for assistance, saying that rhetoric against “blacks and foreigners” were common at the commercial washer and dryer manufacturing plant where the woman worked especially after President Trump was elected.
“Since President Trump’s election, it was common for workers to talk about hating blacks or hating foreigners,” the judge wrote in her ruling. “If management wishes all workers to be treated with respect, it must enforce respectful treatment amongst co-workers and supervisors, and apply those expectations consistently throughout the chain of command.”
Diers was fired for making a comment that she hated “f***ing Mexicans” after getting angry about a coworker “dancing and singing Mexican” the day before Cinco de Mayo at work. In her testimony, Diers tried to clarify that she meant she only hated “illegal Mexicans.”
The state Employment Appeals Board, however, ruled that Diers’s comments clearly violated the company’s definition of misconduct and that her clarification that she only meant hating “illegal Mexicans” does not absolve her of culpability.