A white employee at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia is on leave after allegedly putting a noose on the chair of a black colleague.
According to the president of the Mint workers union, the employee created the noose from the rope used to seal coin bags once they are full, reported The Hill.
Around 3 p.m. on June 28, surveillance video captured the unnamed white male coin-maker walking across the factory floor while carrying the noose.
Many of the black employees contacted the union president the following day to report the incident. In response, the U.S. Treasury Department’s inspector general began an internal investigation.
Mint officials said in a statement:
We have absolutely zero tolerance for this kind of misconduct reported at the Mint. Secretary Mnuchin has directed that this matter be handled swiftly and seriously. The investigation is moving ahead quickly. We strive every day for a workplace environment that is welcoming and safe for all.
There have been many nooses found since Trump took over as President of the U.S. There was a noose hanging from a tree in MD, one by the MLK Memorial, several at a university campus, and even one mailed to a government official in Florida.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)