Jason Sickles, Yahoo! News, June 13, 2012
A black steelworker has been awarded $25 million in damages after a 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.
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.
But the jury unanimously decided that the company and some of its executives were liable.