Florida Yacht Crew Firm Faces Damages Over Discriminatory Email

May 3, 2012

A Fort Lauderdale, Florida company that hires crews for yachts is facing damages after an employee accidentally sent an email to an applicant saying she wasn’t hired because she’s black and overweight.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Broward County says Luxury Yacht Group must pay Diane Melton almost $200,000 in damages and fees.

The employee who interviewed Melton recommended her for hiring. But a supervisor wrote in an email that she accidentally sent to Melton that she shouldn’t be hired because she is black and overweight. The supervisor added that the email should be deleted.

Company owner Rupert Connor said his business is being treated unfairly. He said he hires people of all backgrounds. The employee who sent the email now works for Connor in France.

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  • May 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm
    Nan says:
    I thought corporate America was fair and balanced and unbiased. In the year 2012 it's still difficult to live inside black skin. When will America ever look beyond the surfac... read more
  • May 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm
    Gerry Brunette says:
    But the French have different rules.
  • May 4, 2012 at 9:09 am
    FLagent/insured says:
    You got that right!
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