Ellen Harris Awarded $3.8 Million In Discrimination Lawsuit
A nurse who filed a discrimination lawsuit against her former employer just got a HUGE payday. KITV reports that Ellen Harris was awarded more than $3.8 million in damages by a circuit court jury, on Wednesday.
Ellen Harris formerly of Hawaii’s Queen’s Medical Center alleged that between 2006 and 2011 she experienced racial discrimination and retaliation after she reported multiple patient safety issues in the Medical Intensive Care Unit she worked in.
Harris reportedly received two racist notes at work, one note had the ‘N’ word on it and another had a picture of hangman’s noose.
“It was just kind of that fear after that, especially not knowing exactly who did it,” she said according to KITV.
Harris reported both incidents but says she was ignored and never received an apology.
“No one said it was wrong. No one said this is not acceptable,” she added.
On Wednesday, the jury ruled in her favor. Harris was awarded $3.2 million in punitive damages, and another $630,000 dollars in general damages in the lawsuit against the Queen’s Medical Center.
WELP! Good for her.