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Former steel worker awarded $4M in New York racial case

A former steel worker from ArcelorMittal Steel was awarded approximately $4 million by an appeals court after he filed a lawsuit against the company for the harassment and racial insults he endured while working there. The lawsuit was filed in 2012, and he was initially awarded $25 million. It was later lowered to the current amount when the company appealed the initial ruling.

According to the lawsuit, the man worked for the company from 2005 to 2008 at the plant's Buffalo location. During that time, the man says he suffered various racial insults and threats, which left him both physically and emotionally distressed. The company claims that they took steps to diminish the discrimination such as by installing cameras, hiring a private investigator and suspending the workers involved. However, after hearing three weeks of testimony, the court ruled in favor of the plaintiff.

The company later appealed the ruling, and the court reduced some of the man's damages to $6 million. In a new ruling though, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided to uphold the man's compensatory damages at $1.3 million, but it reduced the award for punitive damages from $5 million to $2.6 million. Reports indicate that the judges still agreed that the company was still partly responsible for allowing the discrimination to continue for so long.

When any worker is subjected to workplace discrimination, he or she could file a lawsuit against the company with the assistance of a lawyer. Legal counsel could help an employee collect all relevant evidence to present at trial.

Source: Fox News, "$25M awarded to steelworker in NY racial lawsuit," June 13, 2012

Source: Steel Guru, "US court awards nearly USD 4 million to former steel worker at ArcelorMittal", January 03, 2015

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