A hospital in Memphis has reportedly fired an employee who was captured in a viral photo wearing a shirt with a Confederate flag and a noose to go vote this week.

According to local station WGN9, images of the man, who has been identified as Clayton Hickey, began making the rounds on social media earlier this week after another voter snapped a photo of him wearing the shirt at a polling station in Olive Branch, Miss.

The Regional One Health hospital in Memphis later confirmed to local outlets that the man photographed was an employee at the institution and that he has since been fired for wearing the offensive shirt.


"As of today, November 8, 2018, we have completed our investigation and what we learned led to the termination of the employee in question,” the hospital said in the statement seen by the local station.

“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,” the statement continued. “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."

The hospital added that they are "committed to a safe, secure and comfortable environment for its patients, guests and employees” and took the matter involving the Hickey very seriously.

As the local station points out, though many online found the shirt offensive, election officials in the state said Hickey didn’t break any Mississippi laws by wearing the shirt, adding that the only clothing voters can’t wear to the polls is clothing bearing the name or face of a candidate.