U.S. Mint worker puts noose on black co-worker’s chair, placed on leave

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PHILADELPHIA (WBRE/WYOU)- An employee of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia is on administrative leave after a noose was found on the chair of an African-American colleague.

The employee has not been identified at this time.

The president of the mint workers union says the white male coin maker created the noose with rope used to seal coin bags once they’re full.

The employee’s actions were caught by surveillance video from June 28th. Around 3 pm, he’s seen walking across the factory floor with a noose in his hand.

After multiple workers called the union president following the incident, the U.S. Treasury Department’s inspector general launched an internal investigation.

CBS Philadelphia reports mint officials declined to talk about the incident, but sent an e-mail statement that reads in part:
“We have absolutely zero tolerance for the 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 strike everyday for a workplace environment that is welcoming and safe for all.”

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