Justice: Victims Of Fired City Employee Who Addressed Black Co-Workers As “Magilla Gorillas” Awarded $560,000 In Settlement

- By Bossip Staff

City Workers Awarded $560,000 In Lawsuit Against Racist Employee

A group of Chicago women who were targeted by their former co-worker’s highly racist and sexist attacks while at work will now be awarded $560,000 in settlement funds.

via Sun Times

Cash-strapped Chicago will spend $560,000 to compensate women victimized by the racist and sexist behavior of a Department of Transportation honcho whose uncle is a former Northwest Side congressman.

Joseph Annunzio was working as a $77,148-a-year department supervisor when he was accused of calling female co-workers “bitches,” using the n-word, “mambo” and “Magilla the Gorilla” to address African Americans and for referring to immigrants as “f—ing foreigners.”

The nephew of former U.S. Rep. Frank Annunzio (D-Ill.) also was accused of parading around at an office holiday party with a red tablecloth over his head while calling himself the “grand wizard,” a title used by the leader of the K* Kl*x *lan.

Ronda Mooney is one of the department employees who will share in the settlement.

“It’s not the money — it’s the principle,” Mooney said Thursday. “We are all human. We should be treated with respect. To be violated like that, it was like we didn’t count. It was not right. It was not fair.”

Since Annunzio was fired, “It’s been much calmer,” she said.

It’s a shame that taxpayers will have to compensate for this douchebags’ actions, but at least he got what was coming to him.


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