L.A. to pay a white ex-employee $3.8 million for racial discrimination
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously this week to award $3.8 million to a white city parks worker who alleged he suffered years of abuse and discrimination at the hands of his Latino boss.
A former gardener with the Department of Parks and Recreation for almost 20 years, James Duffy sued the city in 2011 for discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on race and disability. A jury ruled in favor of Duffy in 2014, and the California state appeals court affirmed the decision this summer
According to court documents filed by Duffy’s attorney, the discrimination began in 2001 when Duffy was assigned a new foreman, senior park maintenance supervisor Abel Perez. Perez allegedly began harassing Duffy and making racist remarks, including “I hate white people,” the documents show Read more…