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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 (http://bit.ly/1ScQ156 ) 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.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com