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Jury Awards Husband and Wife $11.4M in Racial Discrimination Case Against Michigan DOC

A jury awarded a Black married couple who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections $11.4 million on Monday.

Lisa Griffey filed the suit because she says she was racially harassed by her white co-workers during her time as a probation officer. According to Lisa, her co-workers would call her “mammy”, the “black one” and asked if she “wanted chitlins on her pizza.”

Attorney Jon Marko says Lisa’s husband, Cedric Griffey, who was a deputy prison warden, was harassed and retaliated against because of the suit his wife filed.

A jury found that Lisa was subjected to a hostile work environment and suffered adverse employment action because of her race. The jury also concluded that her husband had suffered as well and awarded them $11.4 million.

The attorney general’s office says an appeal is likely.

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Connie Owens September 12, 2019 at 12:52 pm

I would like to bring a suit against the Lansing Correctional facility for cruel and unusual punishment against my son De’Andre Martin can anyone guide me in the right direction

Rebecca Gomez September 12, 2019 at 10:28 pm

Our country can no longer pretend that the Constitutional Rights, extend to everyone, because that’s just not true and everyday in America, we see the police brutality, abusing America, in more ways than one and in every way possible so that the underdog has it has hard as he or she can, in the beloved United States.


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