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Anti-Muslim remarks 'less serious' if not directed at particular person
by Nick Toscano
Mining giant BHP has been told to reinstate a truck driver sacked for inciting anti-Muslim views, with Australia's workplace tribunal deeming his remarks less offensive because they were not directed at anyone in particular.
A majority of the Fair Work Commission's full bench has backed a ruling that a BHP Billiton subsidiary acted too harshly in sacking the employee for making lewd, sexist and bigoted comments at work, including saying Muslims have had "1400 years of bloody inbreeding, so they gotta be f---d up".
The decision on Friday has stirred controversy, with one Fair Work commissioner saying it "beggars belief" that inciting derogatory views about a race or religion could be in the "mid-range of seriousness".
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