The 31-year-old man has been working for the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården) on a substitute contract due to expire at the end of March.
In January, the man’s father was sentenced to six months in prison for smuggling and illegally selling alcohol from home. The man’s mother, also employed with Kriminalvården, was fined and also asked to resign from her job.
Following the conviction, Monica Andersson-Kall, a manger within Kriminalvården classified the man a security risk due to “criminality in his family” and decided that his contract would not be renewed.
The decision has drawn protests from his colleagues and the union.
“It’s inappropriate that an adult should suffer because of what his parents have done. He’s well-behaved and a good worker and doesn’t even live with his parents,” said Roal Nilssen from the Union of Service and Communication Employees (Seko) to the newspaper Göteborgs Posten.
Around fifty of the man’s coworkers have written a letter to Kriminalvården’s western district office to formally protest the decision.
“It is the hope of his colleagues and the union that the decision will be overturned. The Church of Sweden abolished original sin a long time ago, and it would be sad if Kriminalvården decided to reinstate it,” said Nilssen.