Four employees of a Johannesburg company have lost their case to be reinstated after they were fired for accusing their boss of making racial comments against them, notes a TimesLIVE report.

The employees were allegedly playing cards outside the company's premises when they were caught by their employer.

‘The chief executive officer of O-Line, Mr Smart, drove past the employees in his vehicle and reprimanded them for playing cards outside of the premises. The employees allege that Mr Smart swore at them, called them idiots and made a racial comment,’ said Werksmans Attorneys director Jacques van Wyk in a statement.

‘Aggrieved by his conduct, the employees reported the incident to their shop steward at the National Union of Metalworkers, who advised them to complete a grievance form to report the CEO's conduct.

‘The grievance, which pertained to the allegation that the CEO made a racist comment, was completed but the Numsa official did not submit it to the employer.’

Van Wyk revealed that the employees were called to a disciplinary hearing for their misconduct.

The employees were charged with ‘deliberately supplying incorrect and/or falsified information regarding the CEO's statements to the employees’.

They were then dismissed.

Not satisfied with the results, the employees then took their case to the CCMA and lost.

Van Wyk's firm represented the company at the CCMA.

Full TimesLIVE report