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.
- It's all hilarious ... until someone sues
- No need to get employees' OK before misconduct investigations
- Post promotion opportunities, keep records of applications
- Be alert for retaliation suit if manager reports that a colleague discriminates or harasses
- Best defense against harassment complaints: Robust policy and prompt investigations