- Associated Press - Friday, April 27, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland Public Schools has stopped fighting a $1 million jury verdict in a racial harassment case.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the school board voted Tuesday to settle the case for $1.4 million.

The district lost at trial last May. Maintenance workers Charles Morgan and Jason Williams said they faced racial harassment that included having a noose hung in their workplace and being called the n-word.

The settlement is a discount when compared to what the district was on the hook for had it lost an appeal. On top of the $1 million verdict it would have owed over $500,000 in attorneys’ fees and accrued interest. Each of the employees will get $400,000.

The board’s decision to settle came after it took longtime district law firm Miller Nash Graham & Dunn off the case.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com

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