Hospital fires man who wore T-shirt with Confederate flag, noose while voting

November 09, 2018 - 2:10 pm

MEMPHIS, Miss. (1010 WINS) -- A hospital worker in Mississippi was fired this week after he was photographed voting in a T-shirt that read "Mississippi Justice," along with an image of a Confederate flag and a noose. 

A photo of the man, identified by local TV station WREG as Clayton Hickey, went viral after another vote snapped the photo at a polling station in Olive Branch.

On Thursday, Regional One Health in Memphis confirmed the man in the photo was an employee at the hospital and that he had been fired after a thorough investigation --- and after it received an endless number of calls calling for his termination.

The hospital released the following statement: 

"As of today, November 8, 2018, we have completed our investigation and what we learned led to the termination of the employee in question. Regional One Health holds employees to a high standard. We are committed to upholding our mission to provide compassionate care and exceptional services to all. This includes fostering a safe and protected work and care environment for all. Behaviors contrary to these principles are unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

Although the T-shirt was widely slammed as hateful and racist, Hickey did not break any voting laws: Voters just can't wear clothing bearing the name or face of a candidate.