ArcelorMittal Worker Awarded $25M Over Racial Slurs, Graffiti

Law360, New York (June 13, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT) -- A New York federal jury on Tuesday awarded $25 million to an African-American steel plant worker who said his employer ArcelorMittal failed to stop other employees from regularly harassing and discriminating against him based on his race.

During a three-week trial, Elijah Turley — one of only two black employees in his department at the now-closed Lackawanna, N.Y., steel plant — described multiple incidents in which offensive racial epithets were hurled at him, racist graffiti was drawn on his workspace and even an incident in which he found a monkey hanging from a noose in his car when leaving work....

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