A banker says he lost his job after confronting a man who allegedly kicked a teenage girl in the face.
Kizu Stanford claims he was let go by Lloyds Bank after a video of the bus confrontation went viral online.
The 26-year-old was sitting on the bus in West Bromwich on October 1 last year when a couple allegedly began slinging verbal abuse towards a maskless-mum, he claims.
A teen girl stuck up for the woman, who was with her young daughter, only to be subject to racist abuse, Mr Stanford said.
In footage that went viral online, a man then allegedly kicks the teen in the face as he attempted to get off the bus.
She can be heard screaming “oh my god” as she stands up to confront her alleged attacker.
At that point, Mr Stanford gets up and wrestles a man to the floor.
Mr Stanford can be heard shouting: “What the f *** are you doing.
“You piece of s*** I will murder you.”
At one point he appears to stamp on the man.
The former bank clerk from Wednesbury, who was wearing the company’s uniform at the time, then puts a man in a headlock and throws him off the bus.
After Mr Stanford told a colleague about the incident, which quickly went viral online, he claims he was suspended without investigation at the bank’s Great Bridge branch.
One week before his birthday on November 29 he was dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct.
“You become a folklore online but a villain by the company,” he said.
“As soon as I saw the man kick the young girl I knew I had to act, but I didn’t for one second think that my actions would lead to me losing my job.”
He added: “I don’t regret it at all, but I do regret the fact that Lloyds Bank has chosen to sack me.”
BTU, a union for Lloyds staff, has launched an appeal to reinstate Mr Stanford’s job.
A union spokesman claimed: “No reasonable employer would have dismissed him.
“It is important to note that the police scrutinised Kizu Stanford’s actions in detail and took no action against him whatsoever.”
The spokesman said Mr Stanford’s employment prospects “have been severely damaged” as a result of being dismissed.
A spokesman for Lloyds Banking Group said they are following normal internal protocol but could not comment on individual cases.
They added: “We are following our normal internal processes; however it would be inappropriate for the Group to comment on an individual’s circumstances.
“Our Group has a colleague code of responsibility in place to safeguard both our colleagues and customers and we do expect all colleagues to adhere to this.
“Our code is a reference point for every colleague and sets out how we work responsibly and professionally.”
West Midlands Police said a 49-year-old man from West Bromwich had been charged with racially aggravated public order, racially aggravated common assault and common assault.