Black Woman Wins $600,000 In Discrimination Lawsuit Against Employer
A Detroit woman who put her employer on blast in a discrimination lawsuit after being repeatedly overlooked for promotions that were instead given to her significantly less-qualified white co-workers is set to receive $600,000.
via MyFox Detroit
A Detroit woman will get $600,000 from Greektown Casino but not from winning a jackpot – she won a lawsuit.
Diane Harris worked as a beverage supervisor at the casino for ten years. She says she “became family” with her coworkers over time and expected to retire from Greektown. When a manager’s position became available, she applied for the job.
For almost six months, she says she stepped in and took on the manager’s duties and interviewed for the job. She figured the promotion was a done deal, until she found out the job went to someone else.
“They promoted this younger, female Caucasian employee above my client, and then they made my client train her,” says Ray Guzall, Harris’ attorney. “The person could not do the job; that person got terminated,” explains Harris.
“Then they hired another young, female white employee for the manager position and my client was told to train her as well,” Guzall continues.
They say that second manager was also let go, and that neither woman had the level of experience Harris had, and that they were also much younger.
In January, Harris filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint. In February she was fired for filing the complaint, her attorney says.
Harris urges any employee who is being mistreated to speak up.
Kudos to this woman for being persistent and not being afraid to confront workplace discrimination. Clap for her.