Social media comments spark firings

As race relations and tensions continue to dominate the headlines, we learn of another example of someone's comments on line costing them their job.

This time it happened here in the Carolinas.

Novant Health confirmed with FOX 46 Charlotte that one of their employees was no longer works there. You can read between the lines. This happened after the employee reportedly made comments online that don't match up with the healthcare systems' values.

Novant Health is not confirming the name of the employee who made the derogatory comments online, but did send FOX 46 Charlotte this statement:

"It is unfortunate that comments made online by one individual acting independently have raised concerns about our organization. These comments neither reflect Novant Health, our beliefs or our behaviors, nor were they made on behalf of or by our organization.

Novant Health, our leaders and executive team do not tolerate or condone discriminatory behavior toward our team members, guests or patients, and we stand by our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Allegations of inappropriate behavior or behavior contrary to the core values of Novant Health are swiftly investigated by leadership and appropriate action is taken if necessary.

It is Novant Health policy not to comment on personnel matters, and we would typically not speak to an individual case. However, out of concern for the safety of employees who may have similar names I can tell you the person referenced no longer works for Novant Health."

A similar situation cropped up in South Carolina earlier this week. According to our Columbia Fox affiliate, three firefighters and one paramedic were fired after posting racist comments on social media.

One of the firefighters' posts reads "start running them over" in reference to protesters.

FOX 46 Charlotte went by the house of the former Novant employee to give her a chance to share her side of the story, but no one was home.

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