Company warns worker who asked for 9/11 tribute

CREATED Sep 11, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep 11, 2013

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HARTFORD - Employees at a local company are furious after a request for a 9/11 tribute didn't sit well with managers.

Helgesen Industries is an American company, based in Hartford. The business manufactures hydraulic tanks, and employs American workers.

Wednesday, one of those workers sent a company-wide email, asking fellow employees to “take a minute of silence to honor those who fell on 9/11."

Soon after, Helgesen’s Director of Finance responded, advising workers that the call for remembrance violated company policies.

“There's a lot of anger, frustration. It was bad,” exclaimed one employee, who wishes not to be named in fear of retaliation.

"There were a lot of people that were looking at leaving. Going home for the day, just didn't want to be there anymore. It put morale at a new low," he explained.

We stopped by Helgesen Industries to get a response to the story. Duane Braskamp, the man who sent the email response, confirmed its existence.

"The content of the email was very touching and appropriate, however, the approach the employee took violated two policies," Braskamp said.

Braskamp maintains he was just following employee guidelines, saying company email isn't for personal use.

Workers are furious, claiming a simple gesture of tribute should have been allowed.

"To me that belittles everything and everybody that was lost that day,” said the employee.

After our visit to the company, Braskamp did send us a statement:

“The intent of my earlier message was to state that the purpose of our company e-mail is for business use only. I had no intent to minimize the importance of the events of 9-11 and those affected.”