NYU Pays Employee Taunted By Racist Slurs
August 17, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) — New York University paid a library worker $210,000 for being ridiculed by his supervisor with racist remarks, officials say.
The NYU employee, Osei Agyemang, an immigrant from Ghana, filed a lawsuit against the school last September through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York Daily News reported.
Agyemang’s boss called him a “monkey” and a “gorilla,” and told him to “go back to your cage” and “go back to the jungle,” throughout Agyemang’s employment at NYU’s Bobst Library from July 2007 to January 2009, the suit alleged.
The lawsuit also accused NYU of ignoring Agyemang’s claims against his boss.
As part of the settlement, which was announced Tuesday, NYU agreed to intensify anti-discrimination policies to deter similar incidents.
“This suit shows that ugly harassment and retaliation can happen anywhere, even at a prestigious university,” said Agyemang’s EEOC attorney, Gilliam Thomas.
“Such behavior is extremely rare here, and totally at odds with the spirit of diversity and tolerance for which NYU is rightly known,” said a statement from NYU spokesman John Beckman.