A black worker awarded 25 million in damages after jury decides his workplace didn't do enough to stop racial slurs. Is this award fair?
federal jury ruled his former company didn't do enough to stop years of
racial slurs and taunting by his co-workers.
According to the Buffalo News, Elijah Turley testified during the
trial that colleagues at the Buffalo-area plant called him "boy" and
left a stuffed monkey with a noose around its neck on his car's driver's
side mirror. He also recalled seeing "KKK" and "King Kong" scrawled on
the factory's walls.
"It's absolutely shocking that a case like this is in court in 2012,"
Ryan J. Mills, Turley's lawyer, said in closing arguments. "It should
be viewed as atrocious and intolerable in a civilized society."
Lawyers for ArcelorMittal countered that company officials suspended Turley's co-workers and took other steps to stop the harassment. The newspaper reported they also suggested that a lot of what Turley endured was "trash-talking" that's common on factory floors.
Was this amount of damages a fair verdict?
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