A federal jury in New York has found that use of the N-word is never appropriate at work, even if it is used between co-workers that are both African-American.
Jurors awarded Brandi Johnson $250,000 in compensatory damages in a case gaining national attention at a time when n-word use is often debated.
The jury determined the employment agency worker, who is black, was the subject of harassment after her boss, Rob Carmona, subjected her to a racial slur-filled tirade.
Carmona is also African-American. The court convenes again today to determine whether Johnson should be awarded additional punitive damages.
The case hinged on use of a slur with a lengthy history.