Worker sacked after Hitler meme wins payout

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Worker sacked after Hitler meme wins payout


Bruno Ganz playing Adolf Hitler in Downfall

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Downfall

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The meme used the dramatic scene from the film ‘Downfall’

A BP refinery worker in Australia who was sacked for parodying the company via a well-known Hitler meme has been awarded a $200,000 (£109,000) payout.

Scott Tracey used the popular meme, from 2004 film Downfall, to portray scenes from company wage negotiations, posting it on a closed Facebook group.

He was sacked by the company. However, after a two-year legal battle, he won an unfair dismissal case and returned to work.

The payout covers lost earnings.

The meme uses a dramatic scene in Downfall – in which Hitler angrily confronts his generals in his bunker – and replaces the subtitles with alternative dialogue as a joke.

BP had said it was “highly offensive and inappropriate” and dismissed Mr Tracey. The refinery worker first took his case to a tribunal, arguing unfair dismissal, but lost.

Mr Tracey then app

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