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Jury Awards Damages To Worker Over Puerto Rican Boss’ N-Word Attack


A federal jury in New York heard argument last week in a racial discrimination case that stated the n-word was an acceptable term of endearment among Blacks. The jury dismissed the argument, ruling in favor of a Black female employee who was the recipient of a epithet-laced barrage from her Latino boss.

The AP reported on the case between Rob Carmona, who created the STRIVE employment agency in East Harlem, and former employee, Brandi Johnson. Johnson, who tired of the verbal abuse from Carmona, taped some of the offensive comments in March 2012 before bringing forth the case.

Johnson, 38, says that Carmona ranted for four minutes and used the n-word in an insulting fashion. Carmona, 61, a black man of Puerto Rican descent, defended his use of the term to which Johnson’s attorney saw as an attack.

“When you use the word n-gger to an African-American, no matter how many alternative definitions that you may try to substitute with the word n-gger, that is no different than calling a Hispanic by the worst possible word you can call a Hispanic,” said Johnson’s attorney, Marjorie M. Sharpe.

Carmona claimed he used the word in a friendly context, saying that he was trying to convey a sense of connection with Johnson with use of the language.

STRIVE was once explained by CBS’ 60 Minutes as a tough environment that helped troubled people join the workforce. Although the agency has been celebrated for their work in the community since 1984, Sharpe told jurors that Carmona was still out of line.

“Well, if calling a person a n-gger and subjecting them to a hostile work environment is part of STRIVE’s tough love, then STRIVE needs to be reminded that this type of behavior is illegal and cannot be tolerated,” said Sharpe.

Johnson was awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages, and jurors will return to Manhattan federal court to decide on punitive damages.


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  • BritMhmkay

    A black man of Puerto Rican descent? O_o

    • Kreole

      There are black people in Puerto Rico. If you didn’t know that, I feel very bad for you.

      • BritMhmkay

        Then wouldn’t it be a PUERTO RICAN man with BLACK descent?

      • Kreole

        No, because you can’t descend from a color. But you can descend from a nation. That’s why you can say a white man of european descent, but not an european man of white descent.

      • BritMhmkay

        So confusing!
        I read on Puerto Rican facts not too long ago that Puerto Ricans had European, african, and taino in them… And isn’t Puerto Rican an ethnicity, not a color?

      • ninabenta

        Damn you stupid oh well life goes on

      • Kreole

        Lol!!!! Bless her heart.

      • Shantisz

        Dude! You’re fawkin dumb. Puerto Rican isn’t a color it’s a nationality!!!! Theyre considered Latinos!!!! Wtf you talking about?! Bless your heart cause Brit is actually right you idiot.

      • Kreole

        Can you read bruh? Where the fock did I say that Puerto Rican was a color???

      • Shantisz

        Lol!!!! You think you slick!!!!! You edited your comment!!!! Smh. You a looser.

      • Kreole

        Omg I’m done talking to you. Dumbass.

      • Shantisz

        Be done then, retard. Foreal…. You just bitter cause you wrong.

      • Guest

        Yet, you can’t use proper punctuation.
        I’m not stupid, I’m going off of FACTS from the Puerto Rican website itself. Looks as if you may be Hispanic, judging by that ridiculous name. So, “damn you’re stupid” that you don’t even know what the hell are you talking about. Oh well, life goes on.

      • Shantisz

        You’re actually right Brit. Don’t let these idiots make you think you don’t know what your talking about

      • Shantisz

        You’re wrong dude…….. It’s suppose to be a Puerto Rican man with black descent cause Puerto Ricans have black DNA in them!! Unless the black man was mixed with Puerto Rican. But Puerto Ricans have European descent in them to along with Indian!!!!!

      • Kreole

        You can’t have descent “in you”, but you can descend “from”. You can descend from a family or a nation, like Puerto Rico, so you can be of “puerto rican descent”. But you can’t have Puerto Rican descent “in” you. This is just bad grammar.

      • realtalk

        Incredibly stupid comment.

      • Shantisz

        Like your brain??? Oh ok.

      • bigdawgman

        He’s Afro-Rican, I think that’s what they call it. They could have just said black PR. Everybody knows what that is.

  • Nigg.Newton

    So when did Puerto Ricans start splitting up themselves between white and black PR’s. I have never heard of that.

    You Americans have created your own world for PR’s DANG.

    • Shantisz

      Americans created black and white Puerto Ricans. Smh