OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The Oriental Trading Company said Tuesday that an employee was fired after a rope turned into a small loop was found in another employee’s chair.
OTC President and CEO Steve Mendlik issued the following statement about the incident: “We are sad and angry that a member of our Oriental Trading family was recently attacked in a racial incident. We absolutely did not tolerate hatred or racism in our company. After learning of this cowardly act, we immediately launched an internal investigation and filed a Report to the local police. After our internal investigation, we identified the person responsible and Oriental Trading no longer employs them. “
Omaha police confirmed Tuesday that an informational report had been filed on the incident.
An OTC spokeswoman declined to provide details about the victim, but said the company “is taking very seriously all matters related to this incident and the continued safety of the employee.”
Company employees were informed of the incident and subsequent events, the spokeswoman said.
“We routinely conduct harassment and discrimination training, and this is an opportunity for us to review and refresh it and do additional training,” he said.
Oriental Trading Company is a Berkshire Hathaway company based in Omaha.