- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles may have to pay a former park groundskeeper more than $4 million after a state appeal court affirmed a verdict for racial and disability discrimination.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1LTQRiT ) that James Duffy, a mentally disabled white gardener, sued after his Latino supervisor harassed him, assigned him to inferior jobs and told him, “I hate white people.”

Duffy’s attorney Carney Shegerian says three other Latino parks employees testified that the supervisor said he was biased against white workers.

City officials appealed the verdict, claiming Duffy forfeited his right to sue by signing an early retirement agreement, among other grounds.

City officials have until the end of August to decide if they are going to request the state Supreme Court review the case or pay the judgment.

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Information from: (Los Angeles) Daily News, http://www.dailynews.com

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