A federal jury has awarded nearly $15 million to 11 warehouse workers in a racial discrimination case. The workers accused a trucking company in Denver, Colo., of segregating workers by race, calling black people “stupid Africans” and punishing those who complained. The verdict against Sacramento, Calif.-based Matheson Trucking and Matheson Flight Extenders, Inc. included $13 million in punitive damages. The company transports mail for the U.S. Postal Service and private vendors, including UPS and Federal Express. It was reported that black employees worked on one side of the Commerce City warehouse and whites worked on the other side. White supervisors and staff were accused of calling employees racial epithets and “lazy, stupid Africans.”
Source: Insurance Journal
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