A Wal-Mart employee named Terry Earsing was recently fired after posting a photo of 2 muslim women. He added these derogatory comments about the way they were dressed:
Halloween came early this year … do they really have to … dress like that … your in my country … get that … off!!!!!.
After somehow finding out about Earsing’s online activity, the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations(CAIR), a Muslim civil rights group, urged Wal-Mart to take disciplinary action.
Wal-Mart spokesperson Kayla Whaling gave notice of Earsing’s termination:
As soon as we became aware, we began looking into this and as a result, this associate is no longer with the company. We set high expectations for our associates, and this associate clearly failed to meet these expectations at every level.
After the termination, Earsing has apologized in a phone call with Buffalo News:
I’m truly, honestly sorry about the whole thing. I just apologize. I don’t know what else I can say.
CAIR spokesperson Ryan Mahoney is satisfied with the way Wal-Mart handled the complaint:
We absolutely commend them for doing the right thing. I wish this person didn’t take this course of action and force this outcome. Because he did it at his job, it’s not about personal expression, it’s about Wal-Mart’s policy towards hate speech.
Earsing said he received the photo from a friend and the posting was a joke that ended up going too far. He also maintains this he “didn’t do it from work”.