BEATRICE – A Beatrice business has won a civil trial in a case of racial harassment and discrimination brought against it.
A Gage County District Court Jury today found in favor of Sanitary Garbage Company in a lawsuit brought against the firm by former employee, Jonathan Curry. Curry, who is bi-racial, had claimed he was subjected to harassment and discrimination, based on his race.
The jury found in favor of the company, on Curry’s claim of retaliation related to his firing, in February, 2014.
The jury also found no racial discrimination by the company and no racial harassment by supervisory personnel.
On a claim of racial harassment by non-supervisory personnel, the jury found in favor of Curry, awarding no damages for lost wages and benefits, and one-dollar for other damages.
The jury deliberated about three-hours-20-minutes before reaching the verdicts. In Thursday morning’s closing statements, Sanitary Garbage Company attorney Patrick O’Brien said the company did not engage in racial behavior.
:22 “in any job”
Curry’s attorney, Abby Osborn said in her closing statement, times have changed as to how business deals with issues of race.
:33 “not appropriate”
District Judge Rick Schreiner presided over the trial, which began Tuesday. He thanked the jurors for their service.
:09 “appreciate it”
Schreiner told the jury there are a lot of moving parts to a trial such as the one they heard this week.