If a black manager uses the N-word in speaking with another black employee, does that create a hostile work environment? Yes, according to a federal jury in New York. Jurors awarded Brandi Johnson $250,000 in compensatory damages and $30,000 in punitive damages after finding that her manager’s four-minute rant about proper work attire was hostile and discriminatory. The manager, Rob Carmona, claimed he used the N-Word repeatedly as a term of endearment toward Ms. Johnson, who is also black. During the trial, Ms. Johnson testified that, “I was offended. I was hurt. I felt degraded. I felt disrespected. I was embarrassed.”
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