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Firm obtains six figure settlement for federal employee subject to hostile work environment

March 12, 2015

Heller, Huron, Chertkof & Salzman has obtained a significant settlement for its client, a State Department employee who, when on detail with the FBI, was the victim of racial discrimination. The settlement was reached after the EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations found that the firm’s client had proven that the FBI subjected him to a racially offensive hostile work environment, which included twice hanging nooses in his workplace and coworkers who made racially charged and insensitive remarks. The client was assigned to a joint task force with the FBI and was subjected to racial discrimination throughout his tenure with the Bureau. As part of the settlement, the client received $100,000 in compensatory damages as well as all attorneys’ fees and costs.