FedEx Drivers Awarded $61 Million in Racial Bias Case; FedEx to Appeal

June 4, 2006

  • June 5, 2006 at 12:37 pm
    AZInsMan says:
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    Only in CA. would a manager at Fedex be held liable for smartass comments to workers in the office. As we all know, it is unacceptable to harass anyone based upon their origin, sex, etc. But, to have the court decide these comments are worth $1,000,000 against the individual manager is only possible in CA. I do not agree the manager should ever make such comments but fire him in lieu of taking every personal asset he will ever acquire.

    This is overkill on workplace matters.

    Just my opinion.

  • June 5, 2006 at 12:41 pm
    KT says:
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    I completely agree that these poor people deserve compensation for the mental anguish that they must have suffered, it is completely unjustified harassment. HOWEVER – this is hugely excessive – these decisions by our courts are what cause outrageous lawsuits to be filed by people looking to make profit. No Fed Ex worker could see this type of money in their lifetime – it is exorbitant. A lessor amount would have more than drilled the point home.

  • June 5, 2006 at 1:08 am
    dothetime says:
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    Much like the recent discussion of State Farm\’s treating its agents as \”independent contractors,\” it is interesting to note that FedEx treats its drivers as \”independent contractors\” although in both cases, the IRS is looking the other way as both organizations fail to pass the numerous published IRS tests for these people being \”independent contractors.\”

    Both corporations are being sued for this discarding of their employees and their employer obligations–to force the inert IRS to enforce its own tests.

    All this sours relationships between these companies and their \”employees\” or whatever status they are said to have.
    $61 million (clearly to be reduced as things go along in the courts)–Sounds penny wise and pound foolish. Wonder if the jury knew about this \”independent contractor\” dodge and if it upped the ante. Interesting that there was coverage under the policy. Good job by the broker or perhaps Fedex drivers were employees back then.

    Go UPS instead. Their drivers are employees.

  • June 5, 2006 at 1:27 am
    Border Guard says:
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    Oh, whoa is me,these poor guys maybe got called a few names. How horrible. I wonder if they sued their teachers in grade school as well when they were teased. I wonder if anybody ever checked to see if they were in the country legally or not? Sorry, I don\’t buy this crap!. And KT, your bleeding heart liberalism is showing off well today.

  • June 5, 2006 at 1:31 am
    Osama says:
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    Why is it even actionable? What business should it be of the govt, that some guy\’s boss calls him a camel jockey? \”Mommy! Billy called me a name!!!\”

  • June 5, 2006 at 1:54 am
    SFO Insurance Lady says:
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    I was working for a rather large banking institution in the 1970\’s – the assistant manager thought it would be funny to tease me about the size of a certain part of my anatomy on a DAILY basis. This went on for 2 years….got so bad it gave me ulcers. Every time I complained, all I got was \”gee…that\’s too bad, boom-boom\”!
    or \”can\’t you take a joke\”? 29 years later, I\’m still fuming and still suffer from ulcers…because of the statutes, it\’s too late to do anything about it now.
    $61 Million? Maybe I could get triple for my pain & suffering!

  • June 5, 2006 at 1:55 am
    wjk says:
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    I always thought it was the sticks and stones that hurt, but not in today\’s world. Verdicts so clearly outrageous as this one serve to undermine our belief in the rule of law. We trading in our common sense for the rules of evidence, and as anyone can see, it is a bad deal!

  • June 5, 2006 at 2:00 am
    Will says:
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    Would ease your pain to know that ulers are caused by a bacteria?? If you still have them, you should find a new doc!

  • June 5, 2006 at 2:14 am
    dothetime says:
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    Through its comments, particularly through the comments directed to the woman contributor, our insurance \”community\” once again shows itself to be a bunch of repressive, ante-diluvian creeps. Did their mommies not ttreat them fairly as a child? No wonder the world despises insurance people.

    That\’s how we keep all the ladies down in the workplace. Wouldn\’t want to have to pay them like men.

    Some members of the community are also ignorant–many ulcer cases, bacteria, yes. Curable in many cases, manageable in most but not all. I guess that is her fault too.

  • June 5, 2006 at 2:18 am
    Osama says:
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    –That\’s how we keep all the ladies down in the workplace. Wouldn\’t want to have to pay them like men.–

    \”Waaaaah! Mommy, tell the boys to let me play!!\”

  • June 5, 2006 at 2:58 am
    dothetime says:
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    You must be the real one. You share his views. Crawl back under your rock, macho-dud.

  • June 5, 2006 at 3:08 am
    Mary Ann Murphy says:
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    I agree with deserving of compensation but not $61 mil. At this rate, people will be putting more and more companies out of business. I feel for these people, but $61 mil? I wonder who I can sue. I\’m tired of working and just getting by. There must be hundreds of people who hurt my feelings throughout my lifetime.

  • June 5, 2006 at 3:09 am
    Osama says:
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    Sticks and stones. But why don\’t you try to convince me that I\’m wrong? If someone is being called names on the job, he (or she) should quit if he (or she) is offended. In a free country, one has the right to do so.

    Consistent with our nation\’s founding principles, your argument cannot be sustained. Consistent with modern France, it can.

  • June 5, 2006 at 4:33 am
    dothetime says:
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    Good old Fox News-style distraction–assume and then deny the identity of a hated \”furriner\”, then try to shift it to one of our best senators who just happens to be Asian and Black, and then blame the French. You seem to be infested with a roiling mass of prejudices in addition to those you have against women. That\’s the usual pattern for your ilk.

    Abused childhood for you, eh? Take it out on your dog, not your CSR. No, too cruel to the dog. Just bang your head against some brick wall and do us all a favor.

    Your time in the cave has confused you and left you out of touch with what the rest of us call \”reality.\”

    As you say: \”But why don\’t you try to convince me that I\’m wrong?\” I don\’t have to. The evidence is right in your face. To employ the first half of one of your later sentences–\”Consistent with our nation\’s founding principles\”–I can note that our legal system as laid out in the Constitution (you do know what that is and you have read it at least once, yes?) through the trial and verdict (you do know what those are, don\’t you?) has said this is the law of our land. That\’s what the article was about. If you don\’t like the US, leave it. The French will not have you; they are already reaping the harvest of generations of your kind of foul prejudice against \”furriners\” in their country. Or don\’t you get much news in your cave?

    I am beginning to think this cave from which you chose to operate, self-named Osama, is not a physical structure but a self-imposed delusionary belief system. Good luck, pal. I don\’t care whether you get the help you need or not–you would just reject as part of a liberal welfare state or some similar delusion. Stop polluting the internet.

  • June 5, 2006 at 4:56 am
    Border Guard says:
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    Wow, spoken like a true liberal you are, and how nice of you to show us YOUR tolerance to someone else\’s beliefs. But, what you say, you are from the party of tolerance? Only when people have the same ideology!. As far as France goes, it they hadn\’t let all those foreigners in in the first place and turned them onto their welfare state, they wouldn\’t have the problem they have now. I was over in Europe when the rioting took place and it was a hoot watching this on TV. Presently, we are letting the USA go down the same path. All you do gooders are there think we should let everyone in with no restrictions, yet, when it comes to tearing down some trees or filling in some wetlands to build houses for all these people, then you come unglued. Well, you can\’t have it both ways. At least some of us have the gonads to say how it really is without sugar coating it. This is how it is. Get off your butts, get a job, don\’t depend on the federal gov\’t to take care of you. If you don\’t like it, move to Canada or maybe Venezuela. This country does not need any more lazy butt people to infect our country. We already have too many the way it is. And if these ME\’s don\’t like it in this country, they can also go back to their own country and wash their burqa\’s in a dirty stream.

  • June 6, 2006 at 7:54 am
    Osama says:
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    dothetime, you\’re a looney. Proven, not only by your silly self-congratulatory invective, but by thinking that Obama is one of our best senators. Wow.

  • June 6, 2006 at 9:47 am
    dothetime says:
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    Let\’s see: Contradicted by your own words. Your foul prejudices further revealed. And still you come back for more and the same thing happens again. That\’s just plain stupidity.

    It is too tedious to point out your further contradictions and further prejudices. You brainless macho-duds are no match for a grade school debate team. Hey, I hear Donald Trump likes people that are narcissists (like him). You\’re hired.

    And its libertarian, not liberal.

    Get rid of your prejudices, get an education and become an American.

  • June 6, 2006 at 1:23 am
    SFO Insurance Lady says:
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    First of all, Will, I WAS tested for the so-called \”bacteria\” and it was found to be negative. My doctor is chief of staff at a nearby hospital with an excellent reputation, so no – I don\’t need a new doctor…second of all, it\’s guys like you, \”Osama\” that cause ulcers like the ones I have. And if you read between the lines, I was being facetious when it came to being rewarded triple of the $61M that the Fed-Ex guy can get….see? both of you can really aggrivate an ulcer! :)

  • June 7, 2006 at 11:16 am
    Border Guard says:
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    Naw, she is just a feminazi. There are no contradictions in my statements. And if there are any contradictions, it is you calling yourself a libertarian. I know libertarians, and you are not even close. Why hide your liberalism, ashamed? probably, or maybe you don\’t even realize it yourself.

  • June 8, 2006 at 1:53 am
    CLR says:
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    GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    IF YOU ARE MEAN & THE PERSON YOU ARE MEAN TO GETS A GOOD ENOUGH LAWYER THAT WILL SET ON THE CASE FOR YEARS UNTIL IT CAN GET TO COURT PERHAPS YOU TOO CAN BECOME A MILLIONAIRE, SO THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE OFFENDS YOU, ASK FOR THEIR NAME & TELL THEM THANKS!

    HAVE A GREAT REST OF THE DAY – ONLY YOU CAN ALLOW SOMEONE ELSE TO RUIN IT FOR YOU!

  • June 11, 2006 at 2:37 am
    J Peters says:
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    Has the entire country lost its collective sense of humor? We can only imagine what the drivers said about their supervisor when they thought they had a sympathetic ear. Minorities are only minorities as long as they refuse to fit in.



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