Racial Discrimination Case Settled for $60,000

Racial Discrimination Case Settled for $60,000

The Florida city of Port St. Lucie has settled one of four pending racial discrimination lawsuits filed by city employees for $60,000 and a promotion.

Julie Kimble had worked as a supervisor of the utility meter reading division when she was ordered to active duty for the Army Reserves in January 2003. She returned in December 2004 to find she had been demoted and replaced by a non-minority male.

According to Kimble’s complaint, her demotion constituted a violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act, which prohibits discrimination against service members who are called to duty.

“You shouldn’t be punished by leaving and serving your country. (On her return) Kimble was being supervised by someone she was supervising before she left. She wasn’t given an opportunity to compete for that position,” said her attorney Wolfgang Florin.

Kimble’s lawsuit also cited verbal harassment by her new male supervisor, who she claimed would refer to her and several others as the “dark side” and “Aunt Jemima.” The complaint further accused him of saying he wanted an “all-white outfit.”

The workers filed a complaint against the city said they were passed over for promotions, which were given to non-minorities with less seniority and experience. Kimble and the others had all been hired in 1999 or before.

“There was systematic discrimination in the water meter reader division over the years of their employment,” Florin said.

Kimble will receive $60,000 and a promotion to supervisor. The three remaining lawsuits are set for mediation next month.

(Source: TCPalm.com)

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