Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Leads to $25M Award
A New York jury has awarded $25 million to a man who claims his former co-workers at a steel plant subjected him to racial discrimination that left him physically and emotionally devastated.
Elijah Turley worked at the ArcelorMittal Steel plant for 14 years and alleges that he endured racial slurs from 2005 to 2008 from co-workers who called him “monkey” or “boy,” according to the Buffalo News. Turley, an African-American, also recalls “KKK” and “King Kong” graffiti on the walls of the plant. He says the company’s executives were responsible for a work culture that mirrored racial discrimination of the 1950s.
The federal court jury found the company liable for allowing a “hostile work environment" to exist and for the "intentional infliction of emotional distress," according to the Buffalo News.
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