The Nation: Upping the Price of Bias

In Detroit last week U.S. District Court Judge Damon Keith handed down an astonishingly stiff decision in what may become a landmark discrimination case. Ruling that the Detroit Edison Co. (the nation's eleventh largest utility) had systematically discriminated against blacks in hiring and advancement in a manner he labeled "deliberate and by design," Keith awarded the plaintiffs in the case a whopping $4,000,000 in punitive damages—believed to be the largest award of its kind ever in a job discrimination case. "Since these defendants have been extremely obdurate and intransigent in their determination to implement and perpetuate racial discrimination," explained Keith,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!