The screenshot from the movie Downfall shows Bruno Ganz in a scene depicting Adolf Hitler.
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An Australian refinery worker was compensated by BP nearly $ 200,000 after being fired for a Hitler meme he shared seemed to mock his bosses about negotiating wages.
The Australian Fair Work Commission ruled on Monday that BP must pay Scott Tracey $ 177,324.93 in lost wages and bonuses, minus taxes, in addition to the $ 24,069.99 in pension contributions. Tracey is also reinvested by the oil giant.
Tracey was fired last year for sharing a video that seemed to mock the bosses’ handling of salary negotiations. His wife claims to have taken the video.
It features a famous clip from the 2004 German film Downfall, which depicts Hitler working on the generals after hearing that he lost in World War II. The popular video was used with alternate English subtitles to depict some of the “Hitler rants” parodies.
BP denies Tracey, alleging that the video comparing senior management to Nazi Germany and showing a clip on a BP computer violated their code of conduct.
Tracey’s unfair dismissal request was initially dismissed by the FWC in September 2019, when their Vice President Melanie Binet ruled that the video was “offensive and inappropriate”.
However, that decision was reversed in February, when Tracey was reinstated at BP’s Kwinana refinery in Perth, Western Australia.
FWC committee officials then invited Tracey and BP to provide additional evidence as to whether he should receive time off compensation payments. As part of this, BP holds that Tracey should be compensated no more than $ 152,539.19, arguing that his actions were still considered misconduct.
BP did not respond to CNBC’s request for comment at time of writing.