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.