Federal Express employee wins discrimination
suit in San Francisco
By Elizabeth Daley, Bay City News Service
November 23, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A San Francisco jury in U.S. District
Court awarded $950,000 dollars on Tuesday to a Federal Express
employee who sued the company alleging race discrimination and
retaliation, the law offices of Waukeen McCoy reports.
Pernell Evans, who remains a Federal Express employee in San
Leandro, has worked for the company for more than 17 years. He
filed a complaint in 1999 alleging race discrimination with the
Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Opportunity
Evans alleged that after he filed internal discrimination complaints,
he was removed from the shift he had worked for five years, separated
from his long-time coworkers and required to provide quarterly
feedback action reports when his Caucasian coworkers with lower
performance scores were not required to.
Evans' employee evaluation scores have been in the top 25 percent
of all evaluation scores for Federal Express operations managers
in California, according to Federal Express spokeswoman Sally
But Davenport said Federal Express "maintains it did not
retaliate against Mr. Evans."
On Monday, the jury awarded Evans $475,000 in compensatory damages
and on Tuesday Evans was awarded $475,000 in punitive damages.
Evans' lawyer Waukeen McCoy reports Evans will also seek attorney's
According to Davenport, Federal Express is "shocked by this
verdict," and plans to challenge it with an appeal.
"Race discrimination in employment is despicable,"
said McCoy, "and this verdict sends the message to corporate
America that retaliating against those who complain of discrimination
in the workplace will not go unnoticed."
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