A Tampa jury awarded $60,000 to Geno Baker, a former maintenance worker in the Safety Harbor Public Works Department, for race discrimination he suffered during his 14-year career with the department.
Baker alleged that co-workers frequently made racist comments toward black workers. One co-worker, Gil Gilpin, allegedly placed a stuffed toy monkey on the dashboard of his truck and drove around making monkey noises at Baker and other black employees.
When Baker complained, the city declined to investigate. Instead it sent the entire department to diversity training. Afterward, Gilpin continued the harassing behavior, Baker’s suit claimed.
Baker’s supervisor, Mica Huffman, also allegedly made Baker’s work “hard and cruel for no reason” and even denied him Gatorade, Baker’s attorney told the St. Petersburg Times.
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