A hospital worker from Mississippi has been fired after wearing a Confederate flag T-shirt with a noose and the words “Mississippi Justice” emblazoned on the front to a polling location on Election Day, reports the New York Post.
A photo of Clayton Hickey wearing the shirt to a polling place in Olive Branch on Tuesday went viral this week.
“Clayton Hickey needs to be fired immediately,” wrote one Twitter user in response to the viral photo. “He cannot be trusted to provide care to ALL patients of @RegOneHealthFDN, nor should he be able to be hired by anyone else in a role that is responsible for the well-being of others.”
Olive Branch, Mississippi. Nov 6th, 2018. pic.twitter.com/UN4vzu8tK2
— smokeySr🐶🐶🐶 (@smokeydaQue1212) November 7, 2018
Regional One Health in Memphis confirmed on Thursday that the man in the photo was an employee at the hospital and that he had been fired after an investigation.
Regional One Health is committed to a safe, secure, and comfortable work environment for our patients, guests, employees, and medical staff. All allegations of inappropriate behavior and violations of trust involving employees are reviewed and investigated. 1/5
— Regional One Health (@RegOneHealthFDN) November 8, 2018
“Regional One Health is committed to a safe, secure, and comfortable work environment for our patients, guests, employees, and medical staff,” the hospital said in a statement, adding that “all allegations of inappropriate behavior and violations of trust involving employees are reviewed and investigated.”
“We understand and appreciate the intense feelings related to this situation, but it is our duty to perform a thorough due diligence to verify the truth,” the statement continued.
“As of today, November 8, 2018, we have completed our investigation and what we learned led to the termination of the employee in question. Regional One Health holds employees to a high standard. We are committed to upholding our mission to provide compassionate care and exceptional services to all. This includes fostering a safe and protected work and care environment for all. Behaviors contrary to these principles are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
WREG-TV reports that Hickey resigned from the Memphis Police Department after he was caught in a car with a 17-year-old girl and alcohol.