Workers Prove Racial Harassment
5/9/2017, 4:21 p.m.
Two black maintenance workers won a jury award of $1 million in a racial harassment lawsuit against Portland Public Schools Thursday.
Charles Morgan and Jason Williams say they filed the suit because the district didn’t address the serious nature of the intimidation against them after they were called the N-word and found a noose hanging in their workplace. They argued in court that the district does not promptly respond to claims of racial harassment and intentionally drags out investigations.
When school officials first investigated the complaints, they referred to the workers’ experiences as “microaggressions” rather than discrimination.
PPS Interim Superintendent Bob McKean issued a statement saying that the district is respectful of the jury’s decision, and hopes to create a more welcoming work environment moving forward.