Gregory Seabrook filed a race discrimination complaint against the Fire Department of New York City in December—and on Thursday, he found a nearly three-foot-long noose in front of his work locker. "There's an ominous message behind it," says his lawyer, who adds that the "elaborately constructed" noose was tied in a "monkey knot"—which was "used as a flogging knot to beat slaves."
Seabrook, who is black, has worked as an FDNY electrician for almost 20 years, the New York Daily News reports. His December complaint alleged that the FDNY overlooks minority electricians when it comes to promotions and other opportunities. (Read more racial discrimination stories.)