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Man wins close to $800K for his workplace discrimination claim

A man claims that he was denied a promotion because of the color of his skin. His case, filed in a federal court outside Texas, sued the city for workplace discrimination. Although his case has recently been resolved, he alleges that the city still has not made progress eradicating unfair treatment.

The plaintiff served as a police sergeant who tried to get promoted to the assistant director of the police academy. He claims that the then director, now lieutenant, told him that it was pointless to apply for the position because it was already relegated to a female black employee. This apparently was to happen under the order of the lieutenant colonel -- who also happens to be black.

A jury awarded the plaintiff $620,000 in damages and legal costs, but he maintains that his treatment afterward only proved that the city would retaliate against employees who speak up. After a judge ordered mandatory training on discrimination, the lieutenant received a transfer so that he would regularly be around the plaintiff. To avoid the situation, the issue was brought before a court of appeals and that led to the plaintiff being transferred. Later, the internal investigation of the discrimination was allegedly ended. The city did not comment on the allegations.

Similarly situated Texas employees may be entitled to move forward with workplace discrimination claims against their employers. Under the guidance of an employment law attorney, claimants can be given direction on how to proceed as well as how to gather the appropriate evidence to substantiate their claims. If a civil court determines that the submitted evidence proves to be valid, the workers may be awarded monetary compensation for the emotional stress endured as well as lost wages, benefits and any other redress found just.

Source: stltoday.com, "St. Louis to pay nearly $800K in racial discrimination lawsuit involving police sergeant", Christine Byers, Feb. 23, 2016

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