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Originally published February 21, 2013 at 9:48 AM | Page modified February 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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Court: 20-day suspension OK for Port of Seattle workplace noose

Washington's Supreme Court says a 20-day unpaid suspension without pay was an appropriate punishment for a Port of Seattle employee who left a noose hanging in the workplace.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

Washington's Supreme Court says a 20-day unpaid suspension without pay was an appropriate punishment for a Port of Seattle employee who left a noose hanging in the workplace.

In 2007 a 70-year-old white co-worker asked Mark Cann to put away a rope. Instead, in what he characterized as a joke, Cann tied it into a noose, saying that it was to put the co-worker "out of his misery."

The noose was observed and reported by a black co-worker with whom Cann had a recent falling out. The Port of Seattle fired Cann, but an arbitrator reinstated him with a 20-day suspension.

A King County Superior Court judge found that too lenient and boosted the suspension to six months.

But in a unanimous decision Thursday, the Supreme Court reinstated the arbitrator's award. The high court held that although Cann's acts were "ignorant and unacceptable," at a time when many working families live month-to-month, 20 days without pay was a significant punishment.

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