According to a corporate release, a bronze statue of a figure, with black veneer and eyes and mouth coloured white, was hung from an office window at Leon's store on Akerley Blvd.
The company became aware of the incident on August 16, and conducted an investigation, which resulted in two employees being fired this past Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The incident was revealed by a former Leon’s employee, who has lodged a complaint of racial discrimination with the provincial Human Rights Commission.
According to the CBC, Elsworth Bottomsley told the commission he quit after the statue lynching, which followed several other racially motivated incidents over the previous two years.
Another Leon’s employee who is also alleging racial discrimination by the furniture store is seeking to introduce the statue lynching as evidence in her case.
Garnette Cromwell resigned after a manager referred to her employee evaluation as a “lynching.”
One assistant manager confirmed the lynching comment, but stated it wasn’t intended to be racist.
The CBC reports lawyers for Leon’s opposed the application Wednesday, saying the lynching incident happened well after Cromwell’s resignation in 2008, and isn’t relevant.
Leon's press release says that the comapny has provided its associates with third party professional sensitivity and diversity training in the wake of this latest incident of racial intolerance.
It also apologized for this latest incident involving the hung statue, saying that it finds the stunt “offensive and acknowledges that such actions cannot be tolerated.”
“Our company was founded by an immigrant to this country and we respect individuals from all races, creeds and origins,” the release reads.
–With files from Metro Halifax