Screenshot from the movie The Fall showing Bruno Ganz in a scene portraying Adolf Hitler.
Source: Kostandin Film
A refinery worker in Australia has been given almost $ 200,000 in compensation by BP after he was fired for a Hitler meme he shared, which seems to mock his bosses for paying the negotiations.
The Australian Trade Fair Commission decided on Monday that BP must pay Scott Tracey $ 177,324.93 in salary and lost bonuses, minus tax, in addition to $ 24,069.99 in pension contributions. Tracey was also reawakened by the oil giant.
Tracey was fired last year for sharing a video which appeared to be mocking the handling of his bosses’ payroll negotiations. His wife claimed to have made the video.
It features a well-known clip from the German film in 2004, falling, which depicts Hitler lying to generals after hearing the news that he lost World War II. The video has been used extensively with English subtitles to portray a parody of “Hitler rants”.
BP dismissed Tracey, claiming the video compared senior management to the Nazis and that showing a colleague of hers the clip on a BP computer violated his code of conduct.
The unfair request for Tracey’s dismissal was initially rejected by the FWC in September 2019, when its Vice President Melanie Binet ruled that the video was “offensive and inappropriate”.
However, that decision was overturned in February, seeing Tracey reinstate in his job at the Kwinana BP refinery in Perth, Western Australia.
FWC committee officials then invited Tracey and BP to present further evidence on whether he should receive compensation for his time off work. As part of this, BP claimed that Tracey should be compensated no more than $ 152,539.19, arguing that his actions are still counted as misconduct.
BP had not responded to CNBC’s request for comment at the time of writing.