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Lafarge Canada fires employee after discriminatory act involving ‘symbol of hatred’ at Montreal work site

A logo of Lafarge, the world's largest cement maker, is pictured outside of a facility, in Paris, France, Friday Sept. 8, 2017. Construction materials giant Lafarge Canada says it fired an employee after a discriminatory and hateful act took place at a Montreal work site. Francois Mori/AP/The Canadian Press

Construction materials giant Lafarge Canada says it fired an employee after a discriminatory and hateful act took place at a Montreal work site.

The company said today in a statement an act of discrimination involving a”symbol of hatred” had occurred, without giving details.

Montreal La Presse first reported the story on Wednesday, saying a Black employee of Lafarge Canada on June 12 found a noose hanging near the spot where he normally parks his vehicle.

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Allonde Junior Georges, who is of Haitian descent, told the news organization the incident left him feeling humiliated.

The Canadian Press was not immediately able to reach Georges for comment.

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Lafarge Canada says it conducted an investigation and firing the employee who committed the act was the “only thing to do.”

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