Auto Dealer Owes $19M For Discrimination: Judge

Law360, New York (September 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal jury has ordered an Oregon-based auto dealership to pay $19 million in damages to four former employees for the racial discrimination they faced while working there in 2005.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, the lawsuit accuses a dealership owned by Asbury Automotive Group LLC of creating a ‘hostile work environment’ and failing to reign in employees that engaged in racist comments.

Former employees Kent Paul, Jahaeel Hardy, Marcus Arnold and Carlos Barfield — all black men — allege...
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