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A fire service worker was told not to return to work for allegedly calling a pregnant woman a "retard" after she got her car stuck in flood waters.
The woman and her toddler reportedly had to be rescued when her vehicle was swamped by water in a village near Brentwood on Sunday as Storm Angus battered parts of the UK.
The woman was criticised online and an agency worker with Essex Fire and Rescue Service was told they would no longer be employed to work for the organisation after reportedly making the derogatory remark.
A spokeswoman for the service said it took "immediate action'' against the worker for displaying behaviour against its values.
She said: "The use of derogatory language against members of our public is something we will not tolerate."