A Texas attorney has come under fire for telling an Asian man there may be an opening in the Wuhan lab after sharing his story about his firing from Tesla last week.
Charlie Liu wrote that he quit his job earlier this year for an offer at Tesla, but after a delayed start, the company told him “the position was no longer needed.”
“I didn’t fail my background check, nor did I ever act in a way that would cause a company to withdraw their offer in this way,” post said. ‘Yet I am here looking for work again, because I have already left my previous company.’
He asked for advice and many of the more than 3,000 comments seemed to point to career opportunities.
In response, Karan Joshi wrote: “Hey Charlie, the Wuhan lab may have an opening, good luck.” The racist comment was shared by Nicole Hu on Tik Tok
Charlie Liu took to LinkedIn to share his experience working for Tesla
He said he quit his old job to join Tesla, but a few days before his start date, the company told him his position was no longer needed.
Liu wrote that he is now looking for a job again and asked for advice
But a comment from Karan Joshi, a Texas personal injury attorney, caught some attention.
In the now deleted comment, The San Francisco Gate reports, Joshi wrote: ‘Hey Charlie, the Wuhan lab may have an opening. Good luck.’
Joshi appears to have since deleted his LinkedIn.
He is described as a “dedicated lawyer from New Delhi, India” who earned his PhD in Jurisprudence from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego on the website for the Thomas J. Henry Law Firm where he works.
The law firm has since statement says Joshi was hacked and is working with LinkedIn officials to track down the hacker.
“Today, one of our employees informed our office that an abusive statement was posted from his LinkedIn on another LinkedIn user’s profile,” the statement read. “The employee has informed us that he is not the source of this message and that he believes his Linked In account has been hacked.”
The employee is currently working with LinkedIn to investigate the source of the hack and has requested that the abusive statement be removed immediately, it continued. “The company is waiting for further information from LinkedIn about their investigation.”
It added: “Thomas J. Henry Law, PLLC does not condone discrimination or derogatory statements of any kind. We take this matter very seriously and are taking steps to ensure that the matter is addressed immediately.”
The Thomas J. Henry Law Firm has issued a statement saying that Joshi has been hacked
The Wuhan Institute of Virology, more popularly known as the Wuhan lab, has received a lot of media attention in recent months as the theory that the coronavirus has leaked has gained traction.
Huanan’s wet market, where scientists say the first cluster of infections was officially reported, is just a few hundred meters from the Wuhan Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and just a few miles from the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab, where scientists reportedly conducting experiments on bats before the pandemic began.
The lab is one of the few in the world approved to treat class 4 pathogens — dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission.
Nicole Hu, a travel influencer, shared the response to TikTok, saying, ‘I don’t know why Karan Joshi decided to comment on this shit. But this is the kind of racism and xenophobia that Asian people, especially Chinese people, see every day now.”
More than 100 people responded to TikTok, berating Joshi for his comments, with one user writing, “That guy is still constantly harassing other people.”
Others on TikTok seemed surprised that he made a racist statement on LinkedIn, a site typically used for business networking.
“Why would he do that?” one user asked. “He wants to ruin his career?”
Another wrote: ‘But this man’s stupidity, as you choose to openly display your racism on a job application website?’
It comes amid a rise in Asian hate crimes.
The group Stop AAPI Hate – the acronym that stands for Asian-American and Pacific Islander – released a report in March that said there were 3,795 incidents reported to the group between March 19, 2020 and the end of February 2021.
On May 20, Vice President Kamala Harris said the number has risen to 6,600 incidents in the United States in recent months, and that is likely underreporting.
That day, President Joseph Biden signed an anti-Asian hate law that accuses the Justice Department of going after those who commit hate crimes against Asian people.
“I believe with every fiber of my being that there are simple, core values and beliefs that should bring us together as Americans. One of them stands together against hate. Against racism. The ugly poison that has long haunted and plagued our nation,” Biden said. “You’ve taken that first step. It’s an important step.’