FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina, February 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — A Fayetteville jury has awarded $10 million in a discrimination case against one of the area’s largest companies, USA Stores Inc. USA Stores is a property management and leasing service company with two dozen offices throughout North Carolina.
The jury found that USA Stores discriminated against a female union leader, Marie Johnson, on the basis of gender, age, sex and race. It also found that USA Stores retaliated against Johnson for her and other employees’ ongoing union activities. Johnson also sued her company for harassment.
The jury awarded $6 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages to Johnson. Johnson was represented by Y.D. “Doc” Brammell Jr.
“I’m thrilled the jury sided with Marie Johnson and against USA Stores in this case,” said Brammell. “USA Stores needs to reform its internal management structure because the company did not realize the internal issues that plagued it.”
USA Stores maintained that Johnson’s union activities were only political in nature and not representative of the way USA Stores does business. The jury found that USA Stores had made many erroneous assumptions about the role of union activity and racism in the company and had fabricated testimony to cast the union in a negative light.
“USA Stores has never represented itself as a racist company,” Brammell said. “The company thought that USA Stores employees were of one race because the company identified with the higher salaried union leadership. America is filled with co-operative, successful businesses run by people who share one big thing: They’re all white males.”
Brammell continues to represent USA Stores against the US Department of Labor which is trying to force USA Stores into a mediation program that would force USA Stores to dismantle its union-busting practices.
About USA Stores
USA Stores, Inc. and its affiliates provide management and leasing services to over two dozen property management, management, and leasing offices throughout North Carolina. The company serves many large companies, including an Fayetteville area office with an assessed valuation of $8.5 million. USA Stores was recently acquired by Carolina Fresh. More information about USA Stores can be found at http://www.usaje.com/.
source: William Brombacher, JAG Investment Group, Inc. 612-621-0022
For more information, contact: William Brombacher, JAG Investment Group, Inc. 612-621-0022