White Male Worker, Doug Carl, Wins $300,000 In 'Reverse Discrimination' Suit

race discrimination suit Doug Carl When Fulton County official Doug Carl didn't get the promotion he thought he deserved, he sued the county for race discrimination. And this week, a federal jury agreed that Carl had been victimized because he was white and male, and it awarded him $300,000 in back wages.

Doug Carl (pictured above), Fulton County's former deputy director of human services, applied for the job of director in April 2007, after the person holding that post -- a black woman -- stepped down. He believes that he was passed over, in favor of another black woman, because county officials wanted a black woman in that job, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Fulton County Manager Tom Andrews, one of the defendants, admitted during the trial that he called employees "black marbles" and "white marbles" in making personnel decisions. County Commissioner Emma Darnell also allegedly made racially charged remarks, supposedly telling a deputy county manager that she had "too many white boys' in human services, and that the new director should be black and female.

Darnell denied making such a statement, however, and no witness testified to hearing those comments firsthand. County attorney David Ware said that the comments were admitted to court "despite their being untrue and based on rank hearsay," reports WSB-TV in Atlanta.

In a written statement after the verdict, Ware claimed that race had nothing to do with the selection process. Carl "completely blew the interview," Ware said, and he expects the decision to be overturned in an appeal.

"The only reason Mr. Carl alleges that race played a part in the selection process is because the person chosen happened to be an African-American female," Ware said in his statement, reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Mr. Carl was incredulous that a black woman would be chosen over him and thus decided to accuse the county of a race-based decision."

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Carl eventually retired in 2010, when his position was eliminated, and has dedicated much of his time since to fighting a different kind of injustice. His close friend, a gay activist, died suddenly the year before, and Carl decided to focus his energies on one of the issues that, reports GA Voice, they most cared about: the isolation, stigma, and discrimination facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elderly. Carl led the charge for Atlanta to become an affiliate of the national Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders.

"Discrimination is wrong, period, and knows no color bounds," Carl told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After the verdict, he told WSB-TV that he felt "absolute relief."

"It's just vindication," he said, "that people heard what I experienced and it was believed."

The jury could decide to triple Carl's compensation in the next month, if they choose to add in future lost wages, pension benefits and attorney's fees.

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws race, sex and various other kinds of discrimination, was initially intended to end the suppression of the black vote, as well as racial segregation in schools, workplaces and public facilities. But increasing numbers of white men claim that they have become victims of racial and sex bias, and are demanding justice under the law.

Between 1998 and 2008, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission noted a 45 percent increase of race-based discrimination complaints brought by whites, reported the Kansas City Star. And as of 2008, those complaints made up over 10 percent of all complaints received by the agency.

Firefighters have been at the forefront of these battles, challenging affirmative action policies thought to disadvantage whites. Firefighters in numerous cities, including Mobile, Ala., Chicago, and Jacksonville, Fla., have won significant payouts, and in a landmark 2009 case, the Supreme Court ruled that New Haven, Conn., couldn't scrap its fire department promotion test just because all the ones who earned promotions were white. "Reverse discrimination" suits have also been successfully brought by police officers, lawyers, teachers, manufacturers and professors -- sometimes leading to settlements in the millions.

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I was discriminated against by a community college in St. Louis. There hiring process was totally biased against white men, but they were able to get away with it because of the skin color and gender. When I see a "successful" woman I will always question how she got there.

November 22 2013 at 4:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
White Men Welcome

After obediently licking the high-heeled boots of his black female boss for years, they crap right in his face and put another one in above him. White men are the most discriminated minority in the world. We; the ones who contributed most to the development of modern society, are now depicted as obsolete, greedy, and unwanted. Vote with your dollars. Boycott companies that openly hate us by openly disrespecting and sometimes even abusing us in their public-facing material. We recently reviewed an All Spice (deodorant) commercial where a large black man knocks out a white man just for speaking his opinion. Enough is enough.

November 14 2013 at 11:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

There is no such thing as "Reverse Discrimination". Discrimination is discrimination no matter what race or gender you are. What idiot came up with this term?

April 05 2013 at 7:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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The Canoli King

Since the word,"discrimination" has always had a connotation of black supression,and has always pointed in favor toward the blacks,the reverse of it, is as stated. Sort of the reverse of affirmative action,an action that affirms a dumbing down of black's to receive favor just based on color of skin,and not qualifications. Interesting how people react to certain terminologies.

April 05 2013 at 11:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There is no such thing as "Reverse Discrimination". Discrimination is discrimination no matter what race you are.

April 05 2013 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here in Columbia, SC, city employees are hired based on race. For example, the new City Manager is a young black female with only 5 years experience who is a friend of the mayor, also black. She was an assistant city manager before that. Another applicant for the position was also an assistant city manager with 25 years experience with 3 different municipalities but she was white. Since the majority of city council was black they hired her.....and started her at a higher salary than the white guy with 20 years service made when he left. As a former state government employee and defense contract worker I've seen people hired based only on the fact that they're black on an overwhelming basis. In fact, if you interview for a government job and the person who interviews you is black-you're wasting your time in the interview-it's rigged.

April 05 2013 at 5:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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White Men Welcome

If you're tired of discrimination against white people like the rest of us are, check out our website and start voting with your dollars by not buying from companies whose commercials openly disrespect and sometimes even abuse us.

November 16 2013 at 9:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
maria de los angeles

So white people can sue when they are discriminated against but when is a black person or a minority then they re just using the race card ? You see how is no different?

March 04 2013 at 4:09 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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Nol fool there is "Affirmative Action" which only works one way so yes he can and should sue!

April 05 2013 at 6:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

unfortunatly law in America works only for black people,even lawyers more likly will take case and win for a black person,white people are being discrimitated on every day basis,I learned hard way -could not filled a complaint against black person -I would be called racist.But that is America!!!!

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September 04 2012 at 6:38 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

The whole human race is so immature. I think they should take "adult" out of the dictionary. Until everyone their's one race or everyone becomes blind, there will be discrimination. We, as "adults" don't really grow up.
Our sand box just becomes bigger and we have more tantrums. They are just called law suits.

September 04 2012 at 6:31 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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