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DA Office Must Pay Millions For Racist Job Firings July 10, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Discrimination, Politics, Racism.

Reported by The Times-Picayune:

Orleans Parish District Attorney Eddie Jordan’s administration must pay $3.58 million in damages and fees for violating the civil rights of workers by using skin color as a factor in firing them, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval signed the final judgment June 29 in the civil rights case, named for Judith DeCorte, who along with dozens of co-workers was fired to make room for Jordan’s choices in January 2003.

A jury found last year that Jordan illegally used race as a motivating factor in setting up his support staff. Duval ordered Jordan’s office to compensate the 43 plaintiffs with $2.8 million to cover lost wages, benefits and emotional damages.

Duval added $706,740 in attorneys’ fees to Jordan’s bill, plus $64,894 to cover what the plaintiffs paid their expert witnesses.

Jordan, the former U.S. attorney in New Orleans who counts the corruption conviction of Gov. Edwin Edwards among his accomplishments, ascended to the district attorney’s office in 2003 to become the city’s first black top prosecutor.


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