Tags: n-word | lawsuit | black | boss | employee

N-word Lawsuit: Black Employee Gets $250K After Black Boss' Tirade

Tuesday, 03 Sep 2013 03:28 PM

By Clyde Hughes

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
In a case that dealt with use of the N-word among blacks, a federal jury determined that the word's use in the workplace is hostile and discriminatory no matter who says it.

Jurors were weighing punitive damages Tuesday against STRIVE East Harlem, a program that helps underprivileged people find work. The jury awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages to Brandi Johnson, 38, who taped a racist tirade laden with the N-word that her boss Rob Camona went on at work. Both Johnson and Camona are African-American, the Associated Press reported.

Urgent: Should U.S. Strike Syria? Vote Here

Camona claimed during the trial that the N-word has "multiple contexts" in the black and Latino communities, sometimes indicating anger, sometimes love, the Associated Press reported.

"When you use the word n— to an African-American, no matter how many alternative definitions that you may try to substitute with the word n—, that is no different than calling a Hispanic by the worst possible word you can call a Hispanic, calling a homosexual male the worst possible word that you can call a homosexual male," Johnson's attorney Marjorie M. Sharpe told the jury.

Sharpe said that Carmona's use of the word was intended to offend "and any evidence that defendants put forth to the contrary is simply ridiculous."

STRIVE has been credited with helping people with troubled backgrounds get into the workforce, the Associated Press reported. The program, described in a "60 Minutes" piece as "part boot camp, part group therapy," claims to have helped nearly 50,000 people find work since 1984.

Sharpe told jurors that STRIVE's tough-love program cannot excuse Carmona's behavior.

The use of the N-word was disputed in a lawsuit against Paula Deen this summer. Deen, a white celebrity chef, admitted to using the word in the past and was acquitted in a case her employee filed against her.

By the time a federal judge in Savannah, Ga. dismissed the federal lawsuit in late August, Deen had lost her popular television cooking show on the Food Network, a book deal, and numerous endorsements because of her deposition.

U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. closed the case "with prejudice," meaning former Deen employee Lisa Jackson can't sue again over the same issues.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

Related stories:

Tim Allen: 'N-Word' More Offensive Than the Racial Slur Itself

Paula Deen Lawsuit: Cook Admits Using N-word, But Doesn't Tolerate Hate

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved