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MetiNews.Com - Fury after clerk dismissed for gross misconduct after stepping to help end bus fracas
Breaking News ! 'Give him his job back'. That was the overwhelming reaction from readers after a bank clerk said he was sacked for gross misconduct for defending a teenager allegedly racially abused and attacked on a bus. Dozens of BirminghamLive users said they would "happily sign a petition" demanding the reinstatement of Kizu Stanford. He lost his job with Lloyds Banking Group after the incident went viral on Thursday, October 1. Lloyds would not comment on the 26-year-old's case but readers said they were "shocked and disgusted" and branded him a "hero". Mr Stanford told BlackCountryLive he stepped in when a girl on the No.79 bus in West Bromwich was targeted in a row said to have begun when a mum who was not wearing a mask was verbally abused. Footage showed a man allegedly kick the teen in the face as he attempted to get off the bus. Kizu Stanford was sacked just one week before his birthday. She could be heard screaming: "Oh my God" as she stood up to confront her alleged attacker. At that point, Mr Stanford stood up and wrestled a man to the floor - a stamp is also seen in the footage. "What the f*** are you doing" the banker screamed. "You piece of s***." One man was later arrested and bailed, West Midlands Police said. The former clerk, from Wednesbury, who was wearing the company's uniform, then threw a man he had in a headlock off the bus. Mr Stanford said he related his account of the incident to colleagues, one of whom reported it to management after the video went viral. After arriving at the bank's Great Bridge branch two days later, Mr Stanford said he was told he has been suspended without investigation. He was later dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct on November 29, a week before his birthday. "You become a folklore online but a villain by the company," he told BirminghamLive "As soon as I saw the man kick the young girl I knew I had to act, but I didn’t for one second think my actions would lead to me losing my job. "The attacker was bullying a defenceless young girl and I did what I thought was the right thing to protect her. "I don’t regret it at all, but I do regret the fact Lloyds Bank has chosen to sack me.
. Graham Harris said: "Bank with Lloyds I'm ashamed to say....they'll be getting a letter from me about his dismissal! We need people to deal with bullies." Jaska Louise penned: "People will be too scared to help if they think their job is at risk. What will happen to the next young person in this position when no-one else intervenes?
And Joanne Grove added: "Where is the petition/etc to get him his job back? I wanna sign it! He's a hero for taking action rather than just videoing it like everyone else does these days Salman Mirza wrote: "I stand with Kizu Stanford! What a great guy, fights racism and in the union. Maximum respect x" A spokesman for BTU told BlackCountryLive: "Instead of praising Mr Stanford for intervening to protect a member of the public, a child, against a nasty racist attack, Lloyds Bank decided to dismiss Mr Stanford on the grounds of Gross Misconduct following a superficial assessment of his case. No reasonable employer would have dismissed him.
"It is important to note that the police scrutinised Kizu Stanford’s actions in detail and took no action against him whatsoever. "In fact, he is assisting them in the case against the attacker. If the police weren’t worried, why should Lloyds Bank be concerned enough to dismiss him? "If Lloyds Bank is concerned about its public image, it should be defending and protecting Kizu, not vilifying him. “His employment prospects have been severely damaged as a result of Lloyds’ unjustified decision.
“It’s entirely unjustified for Lloyds Bank to dismiss a loyal member of staff simply because he acted to protect a 16-year-old BAME girl from a violent, racist attack. "Lloyds Bank should do the right thing and reinstate Kizu Stanford now.” A spokesman for Lloyds Banking Group said it was following normal internal protocol but could not comment on individual cases. They added: "We are following our normal internal processes; however it would be inappropriate for the Group to comment on an individual's circumstances. "Our Group has a colleague code of responsibility in place to safeguard both our colleagues and customers and we do expect all colleagues to adhere to this. Our code is a reference point for every colleague and sets out how we work responsibly and professionally."
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