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Jury awards couple $11.4M in discrimination case

September 12, 2019
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FLINT — A jury has awarded $11.4 million to a black couple who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Attorney Jon Marko said Lisa Griffey was a probation officer who was racially harassed by white co-workers. She said they called her "mammy" and the "black one."

Marko said her husband, Cedric Griffey, who was a deputy prison warden, was retaliated against because of his wife's legal challenge.

A Genesee County jury found Lisa Griffey was subjected to a hostile work environment and suffered an adverse employment action because of her race.

The jury said this week that Cedric Griffey also suffered. The trial lasted six weeks.

The attorney general's office, which defended the Corrections Department at trial, said an appeal is likely.

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