KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Protesters gathered in front of the Adams Mark Hotel Wednesday and were upset over what they call a blatant act of racism.
The protesters claim a hotel supervisor hung a slave doll by a noose in an employee common area.
The photo of the doll has been making the rounds on social media sites since last week.
Wednesday morning African-American community leaders and others gathered to voice their outrage over what they call employee intimidation and racism. 21-year-old Jaysyn Craddock took the photo. He has worked at the hotel for seven months as a front desk clerk.
"This is a symbol of intimidation," said Cecilia Nuby, Craddock's lawyer. "They had a black slave doll hanging by a noose. When that supervisor put that up, in an employee common area where the only employee at the time working at the front desk was my black client that is a form of intimidation."
Nuby would not allow her client to speak directly with FOX 4. She claims the supervisor who hung the doll by the noose no longer works at the hotel. And she says the hotel manager downplayed the incident, calling it "goofy." Nuby says Craddock just wants to go to work and do a good job.
A manager at the Adams Mark Hotel declined to speak with FOX 4 about these claims and ordered a reporter to leave the property.