(fashion) South African Wayne Hoch, 35, was driven to mental collapse after being taunted over his South African nationality by colleagues at UK firm Thor Atkinson Steel Fabrications Ltd
A steelworker who was mocked in vile Snapchat images has won a massive payout for racial abuse — even though he is white.
Wayne Hoch, 35, was driven to mental collapse after being taunted over his South African nationality by colleagues at UK firm Thor Atkinson Steel Fabrications Ltd.
A tribunal awarded him more than £54,000 over the abuse - in which he was branded a 'n****r', 'immigrant' and a 'foreign c***'.
One worker posted a Snapchat image of Mr Hoch's head superimposed onto the body of a starving black child with the words: 'Donate £1 a month to save this poor child'.
And another mocked-up image of him next to a black African woman carrying a child, read: 'Congratulations Wayne on the newborn'.
Mr Hoch today said he was left suicidal over the abuse at the Cumbria-based firm.
His boss, company co-director Thor Atkinson, claimed the taunts were just 'office banter'.
Mr Hoch, who worked as a buyer from 2014 until resigning in 2018, said: 'They degraded me, humiliated me and left me depressed and anxious.
'They bullied me relentlessly and called me the most offensive names on a daily basis.
'I almost ended my life from the stress and anxiety they caused.'
The tribunal, in Carlisle, Cumbria, heard that Mr Atkinson called Mr Hoch a 'w**' and a 'foreign c** more often 'than addressing him by his name'.
He also used the offensive slur 'kaffir', a racist insult that was commonly used under apartheid.
And a voicemail left on Mr Hoch's phone from his boss simply said: 'Foreign c***'.
Describing one incident employment judge Bernard Hodgson said: 'When he was particularly down, Mr Atkinson