Jury awards $280,000 in NY case over N-word abuse

September 4, 2013 5:09:40 AM PDT
A lawyer for a black woman whose hostile workplace claim against a black boss's N-word rant produced a $280,000 jury award says she hopes society has learned something.

Attorney Marjorie Sharpe spoke outside federal court in Manhattan Tuesday after 38-year-old Brandi Johnson was awarded $30,000 in punitive damages. The jury had awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages last week against STRIVE East Harlem and its founder, Rob Carmona.

She said she hopes her client's quest for justice against a four-minute tirade of slurs by Carmona last year helps eliminate "the most offensive word in the English language."

Johnson said she wants the message of the case to be that the word "won't be tolerated no matter what your race is."

Carmona declined comment. STRIVE says it is considering an appeal.

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