A federal jury has ruled against an employer who said he used the N-word in an affectionate way toward black colleagues, effectively saying the incendiary word is unacceptable at work under any circumstances.
Rob Carmona, 61, was sued by a former employee who said that Carmona’s use of the word during a “tirade” over workplace attire and professionalism was inappropriate.
The jury ruled that Carmona’s March 2012 four-minute “rant,” was “hostile and discriminatory” and awarded plaintiff Brandi Johnson $250,000 in damages. The jury is now deciding whether to award punitive damages as well.
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