Appeals Ct Upheld $1 million, N-word Bias Award

From the ABAJournal:

A federal appeals court has upheld a $1 million bias award on behalf of three black or biracial employees of Alabama State University who claim their former superior, who is also black, used the N-word.

The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals began with a footnote of apology: “We apologize for the offensive and demeaning language contained in this opinion,” it read, “but such language comes directly from the trial record.” Writing for the panel, Judge Joel Dubina goes on to recount the alleged racial slurs by associate executive director LaVonette Bartley, who is African-American, and alleged sexually inappropriate remarks by the official for whom she worked, Dr. John Knight. Knight, a member of the Alabama State Legislature, was special assistant to the president, acting president and later the chief operating officer of ASU.

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