County Administrator Wins $1.2 Million In 'Reverse Discrimination' Case

Doug CarlThe taxpayers of Fulton County, Ga. have just learned how much discrimination can hurt. Last year, a jury demanded the county pay a former official $300,000 for passing him over for a promotion in favor of a black woman. And this week, a judge added another $1.18 million to the total, reports WSB-TV.

"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.

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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.

"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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But a jury didn't agree, awarding Carl $300,000 in back pay last year. The federal judge's additional award this week covers the cost of Carl losing his pension and five years of future pay, reports WSBTV.com. The court has yet to rule on legal fees, which Carl's attorney Lee Parks said could bring the county's bill up to $2 million.

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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Gerard Simon

As usual people's comments are all over the place -- the case had absolutely nothing to do with affirmative action - it was a case where the plaintiff felt that he was being discriminated against on the basis of sex & race AND had the evidence to support it.

The man was wronged and the wrong was addressed thanks to the Civil Rights Act....

July 23 2013 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
samscuba7

What a heart warming story and about time! I am the victim of massive reverse discrimination by NYS and the Federal Government in setting minority requirements that almost completely pre-clude my clients from hiring anybody but a minority and/or a woman.
Nobody believes in equal rights more than I do, but at the same time, nobody HATES affirmative action as much as me. Basically Affirmative Action stands for "Screw you whitey".
Hopefully there will be more and more reverse discrimination suits and maybe these rules will return government hiring to an even playing field!

July 23 2013 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rjm2238

If one goes back forty or fifty years it is plain to see that there was discrimination in the work place. Unfortunately the method chosen to remedy this was to institute a system which only increased the amount of discrimination and legalized it. That this was a terrible solution was soon evident but rather than do away with Affirmative Action; as it is so quaintly called, and replace it with a viable solution the government saw an opportunity in this mess.
As the government saw it here was the perfect opportunity to create various classes of American citizens and pit them against each other. This has always been a classic method to gain an edge when dealing with a large segment of people. History is rife with such examples such as in 1930’s Germany with the demonizing of the Jewish people and this still continues today with the demonizing of the ‘greedy rich’; those who never pay their so-called 'fair share'. Never mind that ‘fair share’ has never been defined and the Democrats refuse to define it every time they are asked to but it seems that is what Affirmative Action has devolved into; simply a method to divide the American people into various, competing demographics.
The Democrats in general and the so-called Progressives in particular, have reduced these divisions into a science. We have Male vs. Female; Black vs. White; Old vs. Young and I could go on and on but you get my drift. The only reason this antiquated system lives on is that it remains an effective tool for creating and managing the very worst aspects of human nature. It is despicable that our own elected officials would take such pains to appeal to the base emotions of envy, greed, hatred, bigotry and who knows what else just to perpetuate themselves in their positions of authority; all the while hypocritically stating they only wish to even the playing field.
If left to their own devices the intrinsic fairness of your average American citizen would have accomplished this task a generation ago but to those in elected office that was no good, there was no money in it, no power in it, basically, nothing for them.
The only thing worse than the behavior of these public servants is us, the voters. We continue to accept their favors by electing and re-electing these vile buzzards and at the same time we complain that nothing is getting any better, in fact that it is getting worse. We have no one to blame except ourselves and until we realize that and change our voting habits we do not even have the right to complain.
Rich in New Mexico.

May 15 2013 at 2:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mal

I was wondering when this would happen.....glad to see him speak up for his rights as a more qualified employee.

May 13 2013 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Della Jean

now age discrimination seem to be the "IN THING" with all corporations..its truly sad..

April 30 2013 at 3:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jayjan49

Affirmative action encourages discrimation. It is high time it is eliminated. Let the most qualified applicant get the job whether they are white, black, male or female!

April 07 2013 at 4:25 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
ginnpr1

The best qualified person - no matter - race - or anything - should stop that person
from getting the job!!!!

April 07 2013 at 2:08 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Paul

So who ever did the discrimination is going to jail ,right ?????? Who loses ??? The TAXPAYER of course.My wife wasn't even considered for a few jobs she was highly qualified for because she didn't fit the requirement= a black woman.

April 07 2013 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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p2central

Think of how many black and hispanic people go through that same thing every day just because of their skin color. Same with old people getting hired to do jobs that they could easily do, but younger people are hired instead. Nothing new. It's just today many white people are whining instead of black and brown people.

What goes around comes around.

April 16 2013 at 2:27 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
lkd3712

Same thing for white females, every time I go for a job or promotion it\'s always the blacks or hispanics that get it, no matter who is qualified.

April 07 2013 at 10:58 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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p2central

I agree with you that it's happening, but don't get stupid. The predominant prejudice is still against darker skinned people all across the U.S.. even if the darker skinned person is equally or more qualified.

April 16 2013 at 2:29 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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rjm2238

Nonsense. The primary victims of discrimination today are straight, white males. That is a simple fact and the statistics will bear it out. The reasoning for this is simple; it is basically legal to do, with few exceptions. If you say that is not the case then I would answer; why is it even news when a White man wins a discrimination case? It is not because they win every day with the way the laws are written and the deck is stacked against them, it is because it is exceedingly rare.
As far as historical discrimination is concerned there are few people old enough to still be alive to represent those in the work place when wide spread discrimination was rampant. We have had the practice of Affirmative Action; one which was only supposed to be a temporary expedient according to those who implemented it, for over two generations now, and with no end to it in sight.
It is as simple as Supreme Court John G Rogers stated, “...If you wish to stop discrimination you to stop discriminating”; in other words end Affirmative Action.
Rich in New Mexico.

May 15 2013 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Edward

Do you live in a place filled with blacks and Hispanics because that sounds pretty unlikely. Blacks for example are only 12% of the population and Hispanics around 17%. How are these minorities going to get all the jobs especially when blacks have double the unemployment rates of whites and over 800,000 of their male population are in prison? Hispanics also have a higher unemployment rate and a disproportionate representation in our prisons.

Are you seriously trying to play victim by comparing yourself to this group? Your full of it.

April 17 2013 at 5:40 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
joe7774021

When will government get it - equal protection means precisely that -EQUAL.

April 07 2013 at 10:29 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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