TriHealth Employee Accused of Making Homophobic Facebook Posts Resigns

The company announced the resignation. The social media posts, which contained profanity and homophobic slurs, stoked calls for a boycott from Cincinnati City Council member Chris Seelbach.

Oct 31, 2019 at 5:28 pm
Cincinnati City Council member Chris Seelbach - Nick Swartsell
Nick Swartsell
Cincinnati City Council member Chris Seelbach

An employee of local healthcare company TriHealth has resigned after profanity-laced posts she allegedly made sparked controversy and brief calls for a boycott from a Cincinnati City Council member.

The posts allegedly written by an ER nurse at Bethesda Butler Hospital in Hamilton included slurs against LGBTQ people and explicit language.

Cincinnati City Council member Chris Seelbach saw the posts and shared them with a call to boycott Bethesda parent company TriHealth until Carter was dismissed. Seelbach later stepped away from his boycott call after TriHealth announced it was investigating the incident.

The screenshot posts Seelbach shared on his Facebook page were made by a profile bearing the name Cindy Carter. That profile is now private. (Another Facebook user initially identified Carter as an employee of the hospital.)

"Fuck 'Always.' This country has gone to complete shit,"  one post, responding to an article about ungendered menstrual products, read. "Why do certain applications ask for legal sex … you're either male or female. There's no fucking in between. Jesus people – get your heads on straight. Grab a mirror – it's easy. You either have a dick or you don't."

A followup post was even more graphic.

"I swear, these cock-sucking homos think they deserve everything," the post reads. "And the confused woman (sic) are just as bad. Men need to be men. Women need to be women. Stop the stupid ass man buns and man your buns up to do some hard labor."

TriHealth announced that the employee who made the posts has left the company.

"Late last week, we identified a troubling social media post reportedly made by one of our team members," the company wrote in a Facebook post today. "Soon after, we promised that TriHealth would conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations. We were unable to complete this investigation, because the individual involved in this matter voluntarily resigned her position from TriHealth.

"TriHealth reaffirms that we do not condone these derogatory comments made about LGBTQ community members. At TriHealth, we also believe that all team members must be treated fairly with the opportunity to defend themselves without a rush to judgement," the post continued, noting that the employee had 13 years of service with the company.

Seelbach said he is satisfied with the outcome.

"I’m glad to hear there is no longer a possibility that someone with such extreme anti-LGBTQ+ views can treat patients as an ER nurse in this hospital," he wrote in a statement. "I also look forward to continue using Trihealth’s services, as my personal doctor is affiliated through them. Thanks to everyone who took this serious and the many amazing people who work at Trihealth every single day."