Downfall: BP worker sacked after Hitler meme wins payout

Downfall: BP worker sacked after Hitler meme wins payout

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The meme used the dramatic scene from the movie ‘Downfall’

A BP refinery employee in Australia who was sacked for parodying the corporate through a well known Hitler meme has been awarded a $200,000 (£109,000) payout.

Scott Tracey used the favored meme, from 2004 movie Downfall, to painting scenes from firm wage negotiations, posting it on a closed Fb group.

He was sacked by the corporate. Nevertheless, after a two-year authorized battle, he received an unfair dismissal case and returned to work.

The payout covers misplaced earnings.

The meme makes use of a dramatic scene in Downfall – through which Hitler angrily confronts his generals in his bunker – and replaces the subtitles with different dialogue as a joke.

BP had stated it was “extremely offensive and inappropriate” and dismissed Mr Tracey. The refinery employee first took his case to a tribunal, arguing unfair dismissal, however misplaced.

Mr Tracey then appealed, insisting he had not supposed to offend anybody and that the video was meant to be humorous. He added that it didn’t determine BP or anybody particularly.

The federal courtroom dominated it was unreasonable to say the meme had likened BP managers to Nazis and Mr Tracey was allowed to return to work.

On Monday, he was awarded $177,325 in wages and misplaced bonuses, minus tax, and in addition $24,070 in superannuation or pension funds.

BP had argued that Mr Tracey ought to be paid $150,000, lower than what he would have earned if he had not been dismissed.

The corporate needed cash to be deducted because the video was shared among colleagues, which BP stated was misconduct, in line with the Sydney Morning Herald.

BP additionally stated more cash ought to be deducted as Mr Tracey might have discovered work throughout the trial.

The Honest Work Fee stated there was no proof to argue that Mr Tracey had not looked for employment.

Brad Gandy, secretary at Australian Staff Union, stated that Mr Tracey had been via “pointless drama”.

“To dig in and drag an trustworthy employee via almost two years of stress and uncertainty, all as a result of just a few stuffed shirts did not get a joke, is poor company behaviour,” Mr Gandy advised the Sydney Morning Herald.


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