Black man receives $200k settlement after he was fired for reporting police officer for using n-word during youth presentation
Emmuel Price did his duty as an employee of the Office of Diversity and Equity in Portland, Oregon and complained that a police officer excessively used the n-word. But what he didn’t except was getting canned for speaking out against racism.
Price said in his lawsuit that his job was to promote racial inclusivity and appreciation for multiculturalism as an employee for the county’s Office of Diversity and Equity. But he said ineade he was “fired for what I got hired for.”
Prince said Sgt. Tim Sessions was making a presentation to youths in the county’s Youth Commission in January 2016 and kept using references to the n-word.
According to the lawsuit and Price’s lawyer Ashlee Albies, in one example, he said Sessions told the story of a Latino boy who couldn’t announce the n-word during an argument with a black boy and kept laughing about it while saying it. They were using a real-life scenario to act out an example of cyberbullying.
“He made fun of the Mexican guy not being able to pronounce it,” Price told The Oregonian/OregonLive at the time he filed his lawsuit. “… It was just really ugly. It was terrible.”
Price is black and Latino and said he stopped the presentation. But when he went to complain to a manager it fell on deaf ears. Instead he was fired nine days later, the suit said.
In 2016, Price filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries after he was fired but they closed the case in November 2016 citing a lack of “substantial evidence” to prove retaliation.
However Price did reach a settlement agreement after all. Multnomah County and they agreed to settle the case for $200,000, which is 40% of the original amount he was seeking, Oregon Live reports.