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College employee is accused of racism and sacked after claiming his e mail autocorrect modified a colleague’s title to ‘Hash brown’

  • Newcastle College administrator is fired over ‘racist’ e mail to fellow colleague
  • Ollie de Planta Wildenberg says pc autocorrected title to ‘Hash brown’
  • He claims he had by no means met and even spoken to the girl in query 
  • He stated he was shocked by the ‘unfair dismissal’ simply 4 days into his new job 

By Chris Brooke for the Each day Mail

Revealed: 17:04 EST, 28 November 2019 | Up to date: 17:07 EST, 28 November 2019

Ollie de Planta Wildenberg, 28, stated that he had by no means met and even spoken to the girl in query

A college employee fired over a ‘racist’ e mail claims his pc auto-corrected a colleague’s title to ‘Hash brown’.

Ollie de Planta Wildenberg, 28, stated that he had by no means met and even spoken to the girl in query.

He claims he was unaware of the error till his line supervisor at Newcastle College spoke to him the following morning.

Mr de Planta Wildenberg blamed the auto-correct operate, which robotically amends frequent spelling errors.

After a disciplinary investigation, he was fired after his bosses had been unable to duplicate the error to show his defence.

Mr de Planta Wildenberg stated: ‘Hash brown is not a racist term. It is a breakfast item. It is a bit weird to call someone that intentionally. Why would I do it? To class it as gross misconduct is just unbelievable. It was a typing error. There is nothing to suggest this is racist.’ 

The administrator had been with the college for 5 months as a temp earlier than being taken on full-time in September. 

Mr de Planta Wildenberg blamed the auto-correct operate, which robotically amends frequent spelling errors. After a disciplinary investigation, he was fired after his bosses had been unable to duplicate the error to show his defence 

He stated he was shocked by the ‘unfair dismissal’, which occurred simply 4 days into his new job.

The recipient of the message has not been named.

Recalling being informed concerning the e mail by his boss, Mr de Planta Wildenberg stated: ‘It was an informal meeting and he was laughing about it. He just told me to be more careful in the future and I thought that was the end of it.’ As a substitute it was handled as a gross misconduct problem.

Mr de Planta Wildenberg, from Gosforth in Newcastle upon Tyne, claimed the college didn’t comply with its personal disciplinary process. 

The administrator had been with the college for 5 months as a temp earlier than being taken on full-time in September. He stated he was shocked by the ‘unfair dismissal’, which occurred simply 4 days into his new job at Newcastle College. A college constructing is pictured above

He stated it gave him simply ten minutes to organize for a proper assembly as a substitute of the minimal 5 working days.

His attraction listening to in October was proven an e mail from the recipient which he stated ‘made light’ of the incident – however the resolution was upheld. 

The college stated it believed ‘that in the balance of probability you did type the words in question and the words were perceived as offensive and involving racial language’.

Mr de Planta Wildenberg has resorted to taking up odd jobs as a kitchen porter, waiter and barman. 

He stated: ‘It’s horrible to suppose I’m now peeling potatoes on the again of this as a substitute of progressing my profession. Nobody needs to see racism or prejudice within the office. However by accident calling somebody a hash brown just isn’t racist’.

A college spokesman stated: ‘We can confirm that Oliver de Planta Wildenberg is no longer employed by Newcastle.’

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