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EMS workers lose jobs for racist hazing incident

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The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), which operates University Hospital in Newark, fired three paramedics for subjecting emergency medical technician (EMT) trainees to racist hazing.

Timothy Prahm, Henry Solares and Thomas Hart allegedly coerced the trainees, who were students from Northeastern University in Boston, into dressing in white sheets resembling Ku Klux Klan robes and posing with a wooden cross.

UMDNJ President Dr. William Owen Jr. called the paramedics’ actions “appalling” and added, “UMDNJ has never and will never tolerate attitudes and behaviors that discriminate against any individual or group.”

Northeastern suspended its EMT program with UMDNJ, but expressed appreciation for Owen’s “swift and decisive response and his institution’s zero-tolerance philosophy.”

Note: Stung by a case of outrageous employee conduct? A timely, decisive response can go a long way toward repairing the damage.

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