City worker suspended for noose at work
Leslie Vargas, 64, a 22-year employee of the city of Fort Lauderdale who worked most recently as a utilities mechanic, left the noose in the area where tools are kept at the Central Maintenance Shop, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Tuesday.
His suspension began March 1, the newspaper reported.
Vargas wrote an apology to his fellow employees that read: "It was (not my intention) to cause any problem, I was only practicing knots in general as I always do … If I offended anyone I am sorry in the future I will be more sensitive."
Vargas is required to attend a six-hour course in ethnic studies and signed a "last chance agreement," stating he must resign if there is reason for any further disciplinary action against him, said city spokesman Chaz Adams.
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