A former employee of a southeastern Nebraska company has lost his discrimination lawsuit filed after the company fired him.
Jonathan Curry had claimed Sanitary Garbage Company of Beatrice fired him in February of 2014, because of his race. Curry is bi-racial.
A Gage County District Court jury found no racial discrimination by the company and no racial harassment by his supervisors. It did find racial harassment by fellow employees, but only awarded a dollar for damages.
During the civil trial, Sanitary Garbage Company attorney Patrick O’Brien argued the company did nothing wrong.
“It is our position that Sanitary Garbage as a company and its agents did nothing based on racial motives affecting Mr. Curry,” O’Brien stated in his closing argument. “I think Mr. Curry’s work history demonstrates that he was probably never going to last very long at any job.”
Curry’s attorney Abby Osborn, though, contended the company’s practices were stuck in the past.
“They did things the way they’ve always done, since they’ve owned the business, since the 1950s and I will tell you the work environment and the world around us has changed since the 1950s,” Osborn told the jury.
The jury, though, found neither the company nor its management engaged in racial discrimination in the firing. It took the jury more than three hours to reach its verdict.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this story.