A government employee has won a jury trial against Contra Costa County, and the verdict may cost the county more than $1 million.
County employee Bernice Peoples claimed she had been retaliated against for filing sex and race harassment complaints and was passed over for a promotion after 23 years on the government . The jury awarded her more than $400,000 in damages.
The court will now determine how much more the county will pay for her attorneys’ fees.
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