Counselor fired via Facebook post saying there were ‘no decent honest Muslims’ wins unfair dismissal, but gets no payout
- Linda Henderson was fired after Ashgill Care Home bosses discovered messages
- Other posts on Facebook account said there were ‘no decent honest Muslims’
- She won a case for unfair dismissal after employers refused to consider evidence
An aid worker who was fired for a post on her Facebook calling Muslims “ fanatical bigots ” has won a case for unfair dismissal but is not getting paid.
Linda Henderson was fired after bosses at the Ashgill Care Home in Glasgow discovered that messages from her social media where Muslims should ‘go back to [their] own country’.
Other posts on her Facebook said there were ‘no decent honest Muslims’ and that the Scottish government should focus on jobs for ‘our own kind’.
Linda Henderson was fired after bosses at Ashgill Care Home in Glasgow (pictured) discovered that posts from her social media should ‘go back to Muslims’ [their] own country’
She won her case for unfair dismissal in an employment court after the care home refused to consider a letter from her son claiming he posted the comments
Her Facebook page mentioned her employer and she was found to have violated their social media policies.
Ms. Henderson admitted to writing the anti-immigration post rail, but denied posting the statement about Muslims, claiming it was written by her son.
But managers did not believe the claims and Ms. Henderson was later fired.
She won her case for unfair dismissal in an employment court after the care home refused to consider a letter from her son claiming he posted the comments.
Labor Judge Robert King said that Ms. Henderson’s culpable and reprehensible behavior in violation of the respondent’s social media policy was the sole cause of her dismissal.
He added that it was “fair and equitable to reduce her award by 100 percent.”
The tribunal has been informed that Ms. Henderson started working in the nursing home as an activity coordinator in November 2015.
In January 2019, her manager, Rosemary Jalloh, received an anonymous text with screenshots from her Facebook page dating back to September 2014.
A message said: ‘Alex Salmond WANTS MORE IMMIGRANTS?
“We can’t feed and sustain our own kind, because we don’t NEED more immigrants, we need jobs with decent wages for our OWN kind.”
The other was, “Why do the ‘SO CALLED FECT MUSLIMS’ allow and create their own kind of terrorism?
The answer is that there are no decent honest Muslims.
‘They are all fanatic bigots and it is time we stood up to them and told them THIS IS OUR COUNTRY.
IF YOU DON’T KEEP OUR LAWS, GO LEAVE.
‘GO BACK TO YOUR OWN COUNTRY.’
Ms. Jalloh saw on the site that Ms. Henderson had named the nursing home as her employer and found that the posts violated the home’s social media policy.
Ms. Henderson appealed the decision, offering a letter from her son claiming he had written the mail – but bosses declined to consider it because it was submitted too late.
Judge King felt this was a mistake and that the letter should have been considered.