Oregon City Employee Outraged After Finding Noose At Cubicle With Termination Notice Attached

January 31, 2014  |  

Source: KATU

The motives of a supervisor at the Washington County Department of Housing Service are being questioned after he brought a noose to work. Employee Vanessa Savage was shocked when she found that noose attached to a cubicle in the office with a note that reads: “termination notice.”

Source: KATU

Though she was not the intended target of the notice, she says the gesture was still very offensive. She quickly filed a complaint with the county, but after a probe, investigators say that there was  “not any evidence to conclude that they were racially motivated or directed at African Americans.” They did, however, recommend that employees undergo sensitivity training.

“This is 2014 and a supervisor brings a noose to work and nothing is done about it,” Vanessa told KATU.

Unsatisfied with the response of county investigators, Vanessa has since contacted an attorney and is considering a lawsuit.

“A noose is designed to terrorize people and there’s a historical precedent that that’s what the noose does,” Vanessa said. “And when you put a noose on a note that says ‘terminated, fired,’ he wanted it to have a certain impact and it did.”

Vanessa took a leave of absence following the incident but has since returned to work and described the environment as very “hostile.”

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