Black Employee Sues for $21,000 After Black Ape Left On Her Desk By Co-Worker
An African-American employee who was shunned from a job promotion while her white co-workers were promoted will be laughing all the way to bank to the tune of $21,000.
Following her missed promotion, the employee returned to her desk to find a life-sized stuffed black ape on her desk. When her supervisor refused to remove the stuffed animal, she sued for discrimination.
$21,000 for a toy monkey? Michigan’s Department of Human Services (DHS) will be fined that amount after a toy ape that was placed on top of an African-American employee’s cubicle was left there for three weeks.
The fine was levied by Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina after her consideration of a 2010 discrimination lawsuit filed by DHS worker Crystal Perry, the Lansing State Journal reports.
Perry had sued after fellow white employees were promoted and she was not, but the judge found no evidence last month of discrimination for that charge.
But after learning that a toy ape had been placed in her workspace and was not taken down by her supervisor, however, she fined the agency $1,000 for each day of the three weeks the toy had remained on her cubicle, in addition to Perry’s attorney fees, according to the Associated Press.
Perry, who has a master’s degree in human resources and labor relations from Michigan State University, believes the action was racially motivated. Her supervisor said he didn’t know who put the toy on Perry’s work cubicle, according to the news agency.
Sounds like this company and its’ racist azz employees got exactly what they deserved. Good for her.