Just recently there was news about a black man who got a noose as a “gift”. The owner of the Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market handed Victor Sheppard, a deliveryman for Hunts Point, New York a noose and said, "You can put it around your neck and pull if you want to end it all." He also added: "If you are feeling stressed out I can help you with it."
Sheppard was frustrated and unsafe, while Sheppard’s boss did nothing. The company continued to work with the Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market. But recently, they issued the official statement, claiming that they terminate all the contracts with the Ottomanelli & Sons, and hope for Victor Sheppard to return.
Here’s the full text:
"Hopes affected employee will return to his job
Mosner Family Brands, which has been openly cooperating with authorities as they investigate an incident in which one of its delivery employees was handed a noose by an employee of a former customer, Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market in Greenwich Village, has severed its business dealings with the butcher shop.
“Mosner Family Brands condemns such intolerance, and any form of racism and discrimination. This incident warranted the termination of our firm supplying its products to this butcher shop,” said President Michael Mosner. “This type of behavior is not in line with our corporate values.”
The meat distribution company, based in the Bronx’s Hunts Point Cooperative Meat Market, initially hoped to await the final outcome of the police investigation before making a decision on the incident.
However, as it continued to review the matter itself, Mosner concluded that the appropriate course of action was to immediately cease doing business with Ottomanelli & Sons.
Mosner Family Brands has long had a zero-tolerance policy in its workplace when it comes to all forms of racism, discrimination and harassment. Accordingly, it mandates that its staff attend annual sensitivity and anti-harassment training, because it expects all employees to treat each other and to be treated with dignity and respect.
“We stand united with our employees and their union against racism and discrimination, and we demonstrate our support with actions,” said Michael Mosner.
The Company has been working collaboratively with the union that represents its manufacturing and delivery employees to arrange for the impacted employee, Victor Sheppard, to return to work.
Following the incident, the Company allowed the employee extended leave and offered free counseling and financial support through its disability policy. When Mr. Sheppard expressed a desire to return to work, the Company offered him an alternative customer delivery route outside of Manhattan to ensure that he would have no exposure to Ottomanelli & Sons’ storefront.
Mr. Sheppard indicated on three separate occasions that he was ready to resume his duties at Mosner Family Brands, but unfortunately—for undisclosed reasons—did not return to work. The last such date was May 30, 2017. Mosner Family Brands has continued to communicate with the employee’s union representative on the matter in the hope that Mr. Sheppard will, in due time, be able to return to his post. The Mosner Family stands ready to welcome Mr. Sheppard back to the company."
Sounds pretty good, isn’t it?