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Washington County Won't Say If Staff Disciplined After Noose Placed In Office

OPB | Feb. 6, 2014 2:15 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 7, 2014 8:24 a.m. | Portland

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Washington County Housing Authority will not say whether anyone was disciplined following a report of a supervisor having taped a noose to the work area of a black employee in December.

Washington County acknowledges that an employee reported that she’d seen a noose attached to a sign,  left near her supervisor’s cubicle. The county investigated the report.

Housing authority spokesman Philip Bransford issued a statement saying the investigation determined that while the posting was inappropriate, there’s no evidence it was racially motivated or directed at African-Americans.

But, he said, additional diversity training has been recommended for all housing authority employees.

He added that Washington County is committed to providing a working environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination.

The Washington County district attorney’s office had no record of the incident.


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