A California Superior Court jury has awarded a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) employee $1.27 million for racial harassment and retaliation.
Oliver Hill, who is black, alleged that BART denied him two promotions, reprimanded him and placed him on an involuntary 21-month medical leave in retaliation for complaining that a white co-worker used slurs and assaulted him.
A jury found BART liable under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act for unlawful retaliation and failing to prevent racial harassment and retaliation.
Hill received $600,000 for emotional distress on his retaliation claim and $600,000 for emotional distress damages for BART’s failure to prevent harassment or retaliation. The jury awarded $65,000 for lost future wages and $6,500 for past lost wages. BART plans to appeal.