Friday, July 19, 2013

RACISM AND CORPORATIONS

Ok recently I came across a post in a group that I am a part of on FaceBook. It was a link to a woman's page named, Pam Robinson. Ms. Robinson had some very racist views on the Trayvon Martin case and blacks in general. People in the comments started associating her ugly and unnecessary views with the company that employs her.

These are the comments of the people that were on her friends list :

Kimberly Elizabeth Parker
I told her white evil ass that too. Then saying you blacks are taking the welfare and she is starving. Uh Whites are on welfare the most but this idiot doesn't know that. Its not my fault she is starving so she says...

Kimberly Elizabeth Parker
I told my friend to remover her off of her page. This what she thinks of Africans/Blacks. These people are coming out really hard after the MArtin case

Blaine Metz
No they aren't, they always felt this way, ur the one who has been in denial, not them . Don't be surprised if she get the employee of the month award for speaking her mind."

Ms. Kimberly Parker made the original post linking Ms. Robinson's page that was later removed.
As a business woman I know that having your company associated with anything like this could potentially ruin you. So I took to Twitter (pic below) to let her company, Luvata Coatings, know what kind of employee they hired before things for really out of hand. I give them credit for taking swift action to get to the bottom of this, I don't give them credit for trying to pull me under the bus after they had her shit down her Facebook page. You have to get up pretty early in the morning to pull one over my eyes. Here are the emails that were received at first:

Ref: comment made to @Luvata_coatings through Twitter account @HearSayInfo at 6:47pm UST on 17th July 2013.

Following on from a complaint made via Twitter about comments made on Facebook in relation to the Zimmerman/Trayvon case, we have questioned the member of staff who was mentioned in the @HearSayInfo tweet and we are having the web activity that surrounds this issue traced.

The photo that is attached to your tweet makes the issue very clear, but does not show whether the person in question was supporting or condemning the racist point of view. Therefore I would like to ask you for further evidence. The Facebook entry that was attached to your tweet is not on the Facebook page now. Can you give more details on what else it said?

Thank you

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Justin Roux
Group Senior Vice-President
Luvata

Luvata
The Gatekeeper's House
1-18 The Old Pumping Station
Brentford
TW8 0AP
UK
Tel: +44 (0)208 380 0300
Fax: +44 (0)208 380 0301
www.luvata.com




From: Justin Roux/LONDON/CopperGroup
To: HearSayBlogg@gmail.com
Date: 18/07/2013 15:03
Subject: Comments made on Facebook by a Luvata employee


Dear Sirs,

I have just been sent a copy of the tweet you sent to @Luvata_coatings. It referred to something written on a Facebook page referencing the Zimmerman/Trayvon case.
It would appear that the Facebook entry has since been removed. However, we operate zero-tolerance approach to racist issues and I'd like to know what was said before I act on this.

The photo that is attached to your tweet makes the issue very clear, but does not show whether the person in question was supporting or condemning the racist point of view.

I would very much appreciate it if you could tell me all you can. I'm happy to call you if you'd like to give your number. Failing that, please email me.

Yours

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Justin Roux
Group Senior Vice-President
Luvata

The Gatekeeper's House
1-18 The Old Pumping Station
Brentford
TW8 0AP
UK
Tel: +44 (0)208 380 0300
Fax: +44 (0)208 380 0301
www.luvata.com

((((Notice the company acknowledges the original post in question had been taken down, here was my reply; )))))

"Thank you very much, the reason the post is like that is because it sparked so much outrage so quickly she immediately locked the page down and made the post only visible to some people. Thank you for your swift action and even if there is nothing further to be done it assures the public that your business does not condone racism. "

All was well, the masses were pleased. Then the game changed somewhere and this company thought it would be wise to subtly threaten me, which is preposterous because anything you post to a social network is like throwing out your garbage, public property! Here is the next email I received:


Dear Elle,

Thanks for your response. I'd like to give you a little bit of background and tell your our position on this.

You are very right in saying that we do not condone racism. Luvata Group employs people of all races, religions and backgrounds in 16 countries around the world. In order to stamp out prejudice, we are documented supporters of the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Because of that, we always bring our full weight to pursue any allegation of prejudice to completion.

Your allegation concerns a worker in Grenada, Mississippi, which has a 65% black work-force. The issue is very serious. Since you brought this to our attention, we have interviewed the person in question twice and we are monitoring them. Their Facebook account has also been taken down. (They made them close their Facebook account)

I now have a legal dilemma which I hope you will understand.

On one hand - If our worker is guilty, we will immediately discipline them to the fullest extent, which will include the termination of their employment. To do that, we need proof. The screen-shot you posted shows part of a racist comment but does not show whether or not our worker supported or disagreed with it. Without that proof, we cannot continue. You said that the post caused outrage - do you have further screen-shots, evidence or witnesses?

On the other hand, without any further proof, your tweet becomes an unfounded allegation, which is a very different matter. A public accusation without proof would bring you both under investigation. I know this sounds very unjust, but a public reputation has been challenged and I must follow the law. (<==did they not just state they made the employee disable their Facebook page?)

I would appreciate your thoughts on this matter. Please call or email at any time, or I can call you if you'd like to give me a number. I have added my direct dial number at the bottom of the mail.

You have my complete assurance of our legal compliance and fair dealing throughout.

Here was my reply:
I don't think feed back like this stems from her saying life is like a bunch of roses... And please don't threaten me no matter how nicely you are trying to put it. She made it public when she posted it subject to use by anyone. I was trying to Do you guys a favor, now I'm sorry I did, maybe Blaine was right. I'll be sure to use this for my next blog piece, when helping companies bites you in the ass!
Again I thank you for your swift action.

This is the response I just got:
Dear Elle

"Thank you for this extra information.
This is a big help.

And please be sure that we are not threatening you with anything. I know you understand how sensitive this. We just needed to be completely sure of our position before approaching our worker again and making sure that we are prepared for any repercussions. Don't apologise or feel sorry - you've done the right thing. We are as shocked and upset by this as anyone else. We'll take this up again with the worker and keep you posted.

I hope to have this issue closed today.

I'm available any time if you have anything further. "

Now, Like I said earlier, when you post racist comments to social networks anyone can use them for any reason. I hope this company is smart enough not to try and pursue any litigation because I will be sure to cite Paris Hilton vs California in which a twitpic she uploaded was used to prove that the purse she claimed was not hers with the cocaine inside, was intact hers because she tweeted a picture after she bought it days prior. When you use social networks you subject yourself to anyone that can view your page. Now this particular company almost left a bad taste in my mouth and I hope in the end they move forward without any more of my personal help. Being helpful isn't all that its cracked up to be, because the road to hell was paved with good intentions. From now on ill be sticking to celebrity and reality gossip, yes my Sweet Tweets, even I am not too old to learn a lesson.

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