Mark Pasternak, of Buffalo, a former youth aide for the Office of Child and Family Services, won a $150,000 verdict for discrimination he suffered nearly a decade ago.
Co-workers, several of them black, corroborated Pasternak’s testimony that his boss, Tommy Baines, orally abused him during his three years with the agency, calling him “cracker” and “stupid white boy.” Following a state investigation in 1998, Baines was fined $2,000 but kept his job.
Pasternak said, “They called it reverse racism, but for me, I thought all along it was just plain racism.”
Final note: Cases involving reverse discrimination seem to be on the rise. Train supervisors and managers: Targeting anyone (of any race) because of race is illegal.
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- Make sure supervisors can back up their promotion decisions
- He said, she said: What if they both did? Trust investigation to reveal harassment truth
- Think long and hard before firing harassment victim for fighting back
- When you learn of possible harassment, investigate promptly, take fast action