Kentucky jury awards $5.3M for alleged discrimination at UPS

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Eight black men have won a $5.3 million jury award in a lawsuit over claims that they endured a hostile work environment at UPS in Lexington, Kentucky, and that an effigy of a black UPS driver was hung from a ceiling.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( ) reports a Fayette County Circuit Court jury found that UPS had discriminated against one of the eight and that the company retaliated against two men after they complained.

A message left with UPS was not immediately returned Thursday. At the time the suit was filed in 2014, a UPS spokeswoman said the dummy was part of safety training for drivers and not intended to offend anyone.

The verdict was returned early Thursday after about eight hours of deliberations.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,