A nurse working in Memphis, Mississippi, was fired from his job after being pictured with a racist shirt on Election Day.
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Clayton Hickey wore a shift featuring a noose and a Confederate battle flag to the polls. A slogan on the t-shirt reads “Mississippi Justice.”
Lynching has a long history of being used on black people in the south.
A photo of Hickey in his shirt at a polling place in Olive Branch, Mississippi, was shared on social media, outraging others.
While Hickey did not violate any laws by wearing the shirt to vote, his employer, Regional One Health, started an internal investigation, and opted to terminate Hickey’s employment.
Hickey’s former employer released the following statement:
“Regional One Health is committed to a safe, secure, and comfortable work environment for our patients, guests, employees and medical staff. All allegations of inappropriate behavior and violations of trust involving employees are reviewed and investigated. We take this process seriously and are committed to following all necessary steps to verify the truth.
“On November 7, 2018, we became aware of a photo circulating on social media of an individual identified online as an employee of Regional One Health. The Regional One Health legal and human resources teams promptly began an investigation into this employee and to determine if these allegations were real and accurate.
“We understand and appreciate the intense feelings related to this situation, but it is our duty to perform a thorough due diligence to verify the truth.
“As of today, November 8, 2018, we have completed our investigation and what we learned led to the termination of the employee in question. Regional One Health holds employees to a high standard. We are committed to upholding our mission to provide compassionate care and exceptional services to all.
“This includes fostering a safe and protected work and care environment for all. Behaviors contrary to these principles are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Hickey had previously been employed as a police officer, but resigned after he was found with alcohol and a 17-year-old girl in a vehicle.