Jury awards $11.4 million to Black couple in racial discrimination case

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A jury in Michigan awarded a Black couple $11.4 million after they filed a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination and retaliation inside of a Corrections Department facility where they both worked.

The Genessee County jury found that Lisa Griffey, a Black probation officer who worked for the Thumb Correctional Facility in Lapeer, Michigan was subjected to discrimination and harassment at her job, the Detroit Free Press reported. Griffey’s husband, Cedric, who was a deputy prison warden, was reportedly retaliated against and forced to resign from his position when his wife complained about the harassment.

Jonathan Marko, the Griffeys’s attorney, told the publication Lisa’s co-workers “called her mammy,” and “asked if she wanted chitlins on her pizza,” along with other racial insults. Marko said Lisa faced discrimination in her department ever since she moved to the position in an all-white office in 2014.

Lisa had transferred from her…

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