What’s worse that targeting a co-worker based on their race? How about targeting that co-worker’s child?
Gerod Roth, who goes by the name Geris Hilton on Facebook, decided that it would be humorous to take a selfie, with a co-worker’s child in the background, and make racially-charged comments about the child.
Here’s an example of what he posted:
From the comments post by Roth’s friends, it seems like they all share a similar mindset.
Though it took a couple of weeks, the post eventually went viral, garnering Gerod Roth some much-unwanted attention.
First, he got it from the internet and the boy’s mom:
Finally, he got it from his boss, who let the world know that he had been fired and blacklisted over his behavior. Appropriately enough, the president of Polaris Marketing Group issued the following statement via the company’s Facebook page:
This morning I was disgusted to learn that one of my former employees made several racially charged comments on his personal Facebook page. Even worse, the comments were directed toward the son of another employee.
It breaks my heart that Sydney and her adorable son Cayden were subjected to such hateful, ignorant and despicable behavior. Cayden visits my office almost every afternoon after daycare, he’s sat at my dinner table and I consider him a part of the PMG family.
The atrocious lies, slander and racism he and his mother have been forced to endure are wholly intolerable. Myself and the entire PMG family in no way condones this kind of behavior and would never willingly associate with anyone who does.
It has no place in the world.
PMG has terminated the employee responsible and will ensure that none of the businesses that we associate with will ever do business with him again.
Michael Da Graca Pinto
Polaris Marketing Group, Inc
It also seems that Roth was not the only person to lose a job over this. At least two more commenters are said to have lost their jobs over this incident. One person, who goes by Emily Irene Red on Facebook, was allegedly fired by her employer, The Conch Republic Grill. Another unnamed person also allegedly lost his job with employer YourEDM, who posted the following message: