Forums - General Discussion - BP Employee gets compensated 177,324.93 in lost salary after being fired for depicting his bosses as Hitler

In a hilarious fallout for British Petrolium, the company was ordered to compensate 177k$ to one of their workers after having fired him for a joke he and his wife had made using a hitler meme. The company fired the worker, accusing him of slandering the management and labeling them as Nazis.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/aug/11/downfall-bp-worker-sacked-for-hitler-meme-wins-200000-in-compensation

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/downfall-hitler-meme-scott-tracey-bp-australia-compensation-payout-a9664271.html

This is a case of the small guy winning against the power of a big corporation that is reckless in how they handle the livelihood of one of their workers.

It's good news that the law rightfully protected this person from further harm. While the worker was victorious in his legal battle, the Union representing him said that the payout from BP “doesn’t make up for the completely unnecessary drama and heartache Mr Tracey has been dragged through”.

Hopefully we'll get some fun mein fuhrer clip captions out of this.



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So the guy represented his employee as Nazi and it is a good thing that he won a compensation for it?



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

Idiots can't lose it seems.



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'Hitler meme' makes it unclear if and how it related to their workplace.

The employee depicted his bosses as Hitler and other Nazi generals, using a scene from the movie Downfall.
Changed the thread title to reflect this.

Last edited by Hiku - on 20 August 2020

DonFerrari said:
So the guy represented his employee as Nazi and it is a good thing that he won a compensation for it?

It was completely harmless. He used the famous scene from Downfall and changed the caption just as thousands of other videos on Youtube.



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Barozi said:
DonFerrari said:
So the guy represented his employee as Nazi and it is a good thing that he won a compensation for it?

It was completely harmless. He used the famous scene from Downfall and changed the caption just as thousands of other videos on Youtube.

And if he had used something similar but depreciating a minority he would be added to the cancelation program...



duduspace11 "Well, since we are estimating costs, Pokemon Red/Blue did cost Nintendo about $50m to make back in 1996"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8808363

Mr Puggsly: "Hehe, I said good profit. You said big profit. Frankly, not losing money is what I meant by good. Don't get hung up on semantics"

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=9008994

DonFerrari said:
Barozi said:

It was completely harmless. He used the famous scene from Downfall and changed the caption just as thousands of other videos on Youtube.

And if he had used something similar but depreciating a minority he would be added to the cancelation program...

How is that even comparable? He was mocking his bosses because they were stubborn and stingy during wage negotiations.

It would've been something completely different if his higher-ups were all jews and he made a video about stingy jews or if they were black and he made a video about lazy black people or whatever.

As long as he (or as I've read it was his wife who did the caption) didn't use insulting language, there was absolutely no reason to fire him.



Hiku said:

'Hitler meme' makes it unclear if and how it related to their workplace.

The employee depicted his bosses as Hitler and other Nazi generals, using a scene from the movie Downfall.
Changed the thread title to reflect this.

Aren't you exaggerating a bit? It's a light-hearted thread about a person who made a harmless joke and was fired for it.

You can stop freaking out now.

vivster said:
Idiots can't lose it seems.

Right, only those that want others to.



padib said:
Hiku said:

'Hitler meme' makes it unclear if and how it related to their workplace.

The employee depicted his bosses as Hitler and other Nazi generals, using a scene from the movie Downfall.
Changed the thread title to reflect this.

Aren't you exaggerating a bit? It's a light-hearted thread about a person who made a harmless joke and was fired for it.

You can stop freaking out now.

Thread titles need to accurately describe the subject content. Especially when people often do not read the articles.
Only mentioning it being a meme is unclear at best, and misleading at worst. The source of conflict was that it was depicting his employees. But you only described the issue as being a meme, as if he got fired just for posting a random Hitler meme somewhere, unrelated to his employees.

Not sure why you have a problem with a few words being added to make this clear. You didn't have to lift a finger. Especially since threads involving Hitler or people getting fired for their words are always so lighthearted, and no one in here is already arguing or taking the discussion in a predictable direction.

Last edited by Hiku - on 20 August 2020