UPDATE AUG. 27: Vegas Chamber Chairman Tom Burns along with President and CEO Mary Beth Sewald issued the following statement regarding the damage found at the construction site of the Las Vegas Convention Center earlier this week:
"Actions of racism and hatred go against the values we hold dear and strive to exemplify in the Las Vegas community. They are absolutely unacceptable, especially in the workplace. The Vegas Chamber condemns the racist acts against the foreman at the Las Vegas Convention Center and applauds the quick and decisive action taken by Turner/Martin Harris and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to denounce, investigate, and punish the incident. Las Vegas is a diverse and multicultural community, and no one should be fearful of intolerance."
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported it discovered racially-motivated damage at the convention center expansion construction site on Wednesday.
The damage was found to an office of an African-American foreman at the construction site, according to the LVCVA.
Further details or pictures of the damage were not immediately released, but an investigation into the situation is ongoing and a statement was made available.
The LVCVA released the following on Wednesday:
"Today racially-motivated damage to an office belonging to an African-American foreman at the construction site of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion was discovered.
The LVCVA is outraged and condemns this deplorable act as there’s absolutely no place for racism in our community.
Our construction contractor, Turner Martin Harris took immediate action including launching a full internal investigation and working with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
We appreciate Turner Martin Harris offering a sizable reward for credible information that leads to identifying the person(s) responsible and resolving this unacceptable act.
The LVCVA and all of our construction partners have a zero-tolerance of any and all racial discrimination.
We urge anyone who has information to contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department."