Friday, November 16, 2007

MBTA Worker Suspended For Wearing Noose

Are some cultures more important than others?

MBTA Worker Suspended For Wearing Noose - Boston News Story - WCVB Boston
An MBTA worker who was suspended for wearing a noose around his neck as part of his costume on Halloween will get to keep his job after apologizing.

Jaime Garmendia, 27, a Mexican-American who said he was celebrating the "Day of the Dead," with his costume, was suspended for five days without pay last week and must undergo racial sensitivity training, the Boston Herald reported.

Garmendia, a customer service employee, wore a black three-piece suit to work with a red noose around his neck. The MBTA said he violated the authority's anti-harassment policy by wearing the noose, which is sometimes seen as a symbol of lynching.

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