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Monday, December 15, 2008

Disgraced Governor Spitzer's Dad Looses Major Discrimination Lawsuit

Father Of Former Governor Spitzer Looses Suit is an interesting December 5, 2008 New York Times article.
It is about a 1.3 million dollar jury verdict against former Governor Sptzer's Dad brought by a doorman and three black porters who brought a racial discrimination case. As the article states:

The four men, former workers at a luxury apartment house that Mr. Spitzer built and owned at 150 East 57th Street, asserted that Mr. Spitzer had them fired because of their race and had them replaced by lighter-skinned workers.

The doorman asserted that he, unlike the lighter-skinned doormen, was ordered to clean toilets and to do so with a toothbrush.

On the first day of a two-week trial in State Supreme Court, Mr. Spitzer, 84, using a cane and hearing aid, testified that he paid no attention to the race of the building’s staff and did not have a hand in hiring or firing its employees.

The six-person jury announced its verdict late Friday after deliberating for four hours. Afterward, the lawyer for the building workers, Anthony C. Ofodile, said, “The jury agreed with the plaintiffs that no one is above the law, no matter how much money that person has.”

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I wonder why this article was deemed newsworthy, other than the fact that the defendant was Gov. Spitzer's dad and the facts of this matter were a bit odd.

Posted by: Frederic Abramson | Dec 16, 2008 8:50:20 AM

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