Facebook comes with some risks, especially if you’re someone prone to publishing inappropriate pictures and content. You’ve likely heard the stories about people who have lost employment opportunities due to their social media profiles. But what about employees who are already on payroll — what happens when they step out of line on their private Facebook profiles? Today, we bring you the case of a woman who was let go following racist rants on Facebook.
A bartender at a high-end nightclub in Chicago was fired after allegedly posting racist messages to her personal page. Jessica Elizabeth, who worked at the well-known club, Proof Chicago, reportedly called African Americans “ignorant,” “apes” and “animals” and used other disparaging slurs. The comments were quickly removed and Elizabeth’s profile was made private, but 312 Dining Diva, a local blogger, was apparently able to capture screen shots before the evidence was gone from public viewing.
In one message, Elizabeth allegedly wrote (all spelling and punctuation in the subsequent messages has been kept in tact), “wow so insane how one race of people can be so f**king incompetent and disgusting.” This comment appears to have been met by at least five “likes” and two responses – one of which reads “Porch Monkey’s?”
In another screen shot, it appears as though Elizabeth wrote “send them somewhere, I don’t care where. they make everything dirty ignorant and cant act like normal human beings.” She then uses the n-word (f**king n***ers) to describe African Americans and alleges that she would never hire one of them. One of her friends by the name of Andy J. Cuthbertson apparently responded, “Jess you just summed up what i’ve always felt.”
Here’s another screen shot with more:
After these comments were made public, Proof Chicago owner Mike Bloem issued a statement to address the controversy and Elizabeth was immediately fired.
“Proof would like to confirm its belief in equality, fairness and tolerance to all our friends and partners,” Bloem said. “Sadly, on occasion, we are all exposed to ignorance and racism. We believe that by continuing to be true to our ideals and leading through our actions that each of us can be an agent for positive change.”
(H/T: Huffington Post)