Employees often hang whimsical pictures on workplace walls to spruce up the decor and boost morale. But sometimes those pictures can profoundly upset morale. For example, if the pictures happen to include: a dollar bill with George Washington colored in black with a noose around his neck; and swastikas and a KKK hood, next to a photo of Gary Coleman, the late child star of "Diff'rent Strokes."
Dion Miller was the kitchen supervisor at Sparx Restaurant in Menomonie, Wis. He is black and didn't like the pictures taped up to the cooler, according to his complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. So he explained that to the burger joint's managers, who allegedly replied that it was all just a joke. Three weeks later, Miller was fired for "a bad attitude," reports Minnesota's Star Tribune newspaper.