September 4, 2013 2:14 pm

Employees at Halifax Leon’s store fired for lynching a statue in effigy

A Leon's Furniture outlet in Halifax is apologizing and has provided its staff with sensitivity and diversity training after firing two employees over the hanging of a black statue.

The Canadian Press

HALIFAX – A Leon’s Furniture outlet in Halifax is apologizing and has provided its staff with sensitivity and diversity training after firing two employees over the hanging of a black statue.

The furniture store says it fired the two workers from its Dartmouth location after it conducted an investigation into the incident last month.

The company says an investigation was launched after senior management became aware of the incident on Aug. 16.

Leon’s says the bronze statute with black patina was taped and hung to an office window and the statue was altered so that its eyes and mouth were whitened.

The Toronto-based firm says the incident was offensive, it regrets what happened and it apologizes to anyone who witnessed it.

The company did not return messages seeking comment.

© The Canadian Press, 2013

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