When Bernt Herlitz’s factory job was transferred from Gotland, Sweden, to Hungary in 2003, he and his wife thought a career change was in order, and both spent the next three years becoming certified as dental hygienists.
To better educate himself and confirm his suspicions, Herlitz and his wife attended a seminar in July 2016 focused on assessing age in both the judicial and sports worlds. At the time, a national debate was underway regarding the high cost of supporting the influx of migrants from the Mideast. Herlitz, upon consulting with a unit manager of the Swedish Migration Board, was told the government indeed wanted to be sure migrants were the age they claimed and that he should report any suspicions to the board.
So, upon returning to work in August of last year, Herlitz began passing on his suspicions to the Swedish Migration Board, based primarily on the wisdom teeth he was observing when treating “minors” and advising that the age listed in their records was wrong, in his expert opinion. He expressed concern that adults posing as minors could put children at risk if they were housed together.
Eight emails later, Herlitz found himself under investigation. The board never responded to his notices, but a guardian for one of the migrants he questioned notified Herlitz’s employer.
“The manager asked me to come to a single room where there was also another senior manager from the employer, Region Gotland. They told me I will not go to work tomorrow, that I’m turned off and that there will be an investigation,” he said.
Certain he would be backed up by the unit manager at the migration board who told him to report suspicions, Herlitz was unprepared 14 days later when told he was fired from his position of 10 years for violating patient confidentiality. And he wasn’t ready for the roasting he took in Gotland’s three local newspapers who branded him – without printing his name – a “right-wing extremist” and zealot who “age-rated refugees on his own.”
“They wrote about me on the first page without even contacting me,” he said. “One felt so enormously exposed. Sure, they have not printed my name, but Gotland is a small place and everyone knows everyone, so it’s not hard to figure out who it’s all about.”
Herlitz has spent the past year fighting to get his job back while trying to find employment to support his wife and their child. He managed to get a temporary position on the mainland where he commuted by ferry from the island for three-day shifts. At the same time, his wife, who worked in the same facility he had been fired from, had to go to half-time and then resign completely. Full Story
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