Contractor fired for hanging noose at AT&T in downtown St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - An international contractor that admitted to hanging a noose at the AT&T building in downtown St. Louis has been fired. Ericsson North America said the contractor placed the noose as a joke intended for a fellow international contractor.

An  Ericsson spokesperson released a statement early Thursday:

"We immediately began an investigation and determined that one of these International contractors for Ericsson placed the noose as a joke intended for a fellow international contractor. While this is an image US citizens find extremely offensive, these international employees were not aware of the disturbing racial and cultural implications a noose has here in the US. We have fired the international contractor responsible and made all others aware that this image is highly offensive to Americans. We wish to apologize to everyone for this appalling incident."

According to their website, Ericsson is a world leader in the rapidly changing environment of communications technology. They provide equipment, software and services to enable transformation through mobility.

An investigation into the incident was launched Tuesday after a worker discovered the noose hanging from a cubicle.

The image was posted to social media and shared multiple times.

A statement from the NAACP said the group is satisfied with the response and will monitor the situation.

“The noose—the notion of hanging, lynching—is one of the most heinous and racial acts that African-Americans can experience in this country," St. Louis NAACP President Adolphus Pruitt said. "The employees allegedly were commenting that they were working themselves to death and allegedly decided to hang the noose to symbolize they were working themselves to death.”

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