PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A second city employee has been terminated following an alleged racial incident at a Providence Department of Public Works job site.
City spokesperson Emily Crowell says the employee was fired following a union hearing on Wednesday.
Another employee was fired on Tuesday, after an African-American employee said he found a noose at the work site.
The employee, who asked that his name not be used, told Target 12 he saw other workers playing with the noose at the job site. He reported the incident to human resources, which is conducting an investigation.
The city has not released the names of the employees who were fired. Further details about what exactly happened have also not been released, pending the ongoing HR investigation.
“What happened is absolutely despicable,” Mayor Jorge Elorza told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “It’s not going to be tolerated here in the city.”
NAACP Providence President Jim Vincent said he was appalled when he heard about the situation, which was reported to him by the employee who found the noose.
“Finding a noose anywhere in Rhode Island is appalling,” Vincent said. “That’s a symbol of racism that I would’ve thought we would have long since stopped doing.”