Fired for cruel online comment

Fired for cruel online comment

Fired for cruel online comment

A London, Ontario employer has taken a strict stand against an employee who posted a cruel comment on the Facebook memorial for Amanda Todd.

Todd committed suicide last week after being bullied by peers and reportedly stalked and blackmailed online by an older man. An employee of London clothing store Mr. Big and Tall wrote a derogatory comment, saying the 15-year-old B.C. girl deserved to die.

He was caught out when a Calgary woman saw the comment, and noticed that where he worked was publically displayed on his page. Christine Claveau said there were many inappropriate comments on the page but this one in particular turned her stomach and she decided to email his employer about the incident.

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Dave McGregor, the president of Grafton-Fraser, which owns Mr. Big & Tall, confirmed in an email the man no longer works for the company.

“Our company ethics are based on tolerance, respect and fair and honourable treatment of all individuals, internally, with our customers and the population as a whole,” he said.

“We have zero tolerance for the mistreatment of others no matter what form it takes.”

Commenters online have come out on both sides of the debate with many congratulating the employer on their strict stance. Others question whether comments made in private time should affect one’s employment.

A month before she killed herself, Amanda posted a video on YouTube describing how she had been sexually exploited by an online stalker and bullied by her peers. Her story sparked the creation of more than 100 memorial pages on Facebook and renewed calls across the country to fight bullying.

Would you have taken the same action if one of your employees had done the same?


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