Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 5:44 PM EDT Sep 9, 2019 LANSING – An all-white jury in Genesee County awarded $11.4 million Monday to two black Corrections Department workers in a case alleging racial discrimination and retaliation. The jury found that Lisa Griffey, a probation officer, was discriminated against and harassed because she is black. The jury found that her husband, Cedric Griffey, was retaliated against until he was forced to resign because he and his wife complained about the harassment. Jonathan Marko, who represented the Griffeys in a six-week trial in Genesee County Circuit Court, said he expects the department will be required to pay an additional $1 million in attorney fees and costs. Lisa Griffey, who still works for the department, was discriminated against from the moment she transferred in 2014 from a probation office in Detroit to an all-white office in Lapeer, Marko said following the verdict. Co-workers “called her mammy,” and “asked if she wanted chitlins on her pizza,” among other racial insults, Marko said. More: Prisoner tries to escape at Michigan rest stop, citizen comes to officer’s rescue More: Detroit man went to prison posing as his dead brother. Here’s what happens next Kelly Rossman-McKinney, a… Read full this story
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