Black People : Sears employee wins $5.2 mil for racial harrasment

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  1. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Apr 21, 2007
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    Sears employee wins $5.2 million jury award for racial harassment

    Medro Johnson, 49, says life has been a struggle since his 2008 firing by Sears Home Improvement. "We depleted all our savings, our retirement, our kids' college fund," he said. He added that he hopes the jury award "will send a message to Sears" and prompt change.

    By Loretta Kalb

    At first, Medro Johnson tried to shrug it off.
    The African American employee of Sears Home Improvement Products in Natomas was at an August 2008 company barbecue with his family, court records say. A co-worker walked up and blurted a racial slur, issued with a "slave dialect."
    "Medro calls me Masta," co-worker Paul St. Hilaire said, according to court records.
    Then St. Hilaire started laughing.
    Johnson, an Elk Grove resident and a descendant of slaves, would later testify in court that he was humiliated to be referred to as a slave in front of his wife, son and daughter.
    Last Friday, after a one-month trial and more than eight hours of deliberation, a Sacramento Superior Court jury gave Johnson the last laugh.
    The panel awarded him $5.2 million in damages, including $2.2 million to compensate for lost earnings, pain and suffering.
    The other $3 million was for punitive damages, an award granted after the jury found that Sears' policymakers and managers conducted themselves "with malice, oppression or fraud" for failing to investigate or to act on Johnson's complaints about the slur and other racist acts.
  2. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

    Feb 28, 2009
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    Thank you for sharing this.

    I'm saddened for him experiencing this ordeal but am glad that he was vindicated in court.

    Medro got 5 million dollars of yo' money now, Masta (SEARS)!....How ya like dat, Paul Hillaire?! :lol: