County Administrator Wins $1.2 Million In 'Reverse Discrimination' Case
"Endurance, pain, frustration, sadness, it's just been six years of your life consumed with this issue," Doug Carl (pictured) told the TV station about the the case. As AOL Jobs reported last year, Carl was the county's deputy director of human services, when his boss -- a black woman -- stepped down. He was already serving as acting director, when he applied to officially take her job in April 2007. After two rounds of panel interviews, he was denied the job in favor of a black woman who hadn't been interviewed, according to the lawsuit he filed in July that year. Carl retired in 2010, after his position was eliminated.
Darnell denied making such a statement, however, and no witness testified to hearing those comments firsthand.
"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."
Fulton County has appealed last year's ruling, so no money has yet changed hands.
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.
This week, the former chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, a white man, sued the school, alleging gender discrimination. He claims he is the only high-level administrator to be denied an exemption from the university's mandatory retirement age, so that the school could appoint a woman to his job -- a woman who is just a year younger.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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