KZN man loses 10-year battle over racist e-mail

2014-11-27 10:14

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Durban - A former KwaZulu-Natal engineer who got fired over a racist e-mail has lost a decade-long legal battle, it was reported on Thursday.

The former industrial engineer was fired in 2004 after printing and sending around an e-mail depicting black people as relatives of monkeys, reported the Times.

Vishnu Chetty was found guilty of circulating a "racially offensive e-mail using company resources".

Chetty went to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, over what he deemed was his unfair dismissal but the CCMA ruled against him.

He denied sending the e-mail but also argued that it wasn’t offensive.

In April, a technology company terminated the contract of a woman who made racist remarks on Facebook.

Vivienne Catherine Basson's comments about a minibus taxi went viral, reported the Sowetan.

Ericsson South Africa managing director Magnus Mchunguzi told SABC News that Basson’s comments had “breached their business ethics”.

In July last year, FHM fired two writers whose joke in a Facebook post about corrective rape went viral, reported Sapa.

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