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CSEA WINS SAN QUENTIN RETALIATION SUIT; JURY AWARDS WOMAN $575,000

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In a victory for state employee rights, a federal court jury today awarded $575,000 to a San Quentin Prison clerical worker who was denied a promotion and harassed by management after filing a racial discrimination complaint, the California State Employees Association (CSEA) said today.
 The jury ruled in a civil suit filed against the state by CSEA on behalf of union member Blanca Clark, 47, of San Rafael, who was awarded $575,000 in compensatory damages for emotional distress in federal District Court. Punitive damages will be decided Feb. 24, and Judge David Levy will consider back-pay damages April 1.
 "I'm so thrilled and I hope that this will help other employees who are having similar problems with management," Clark said after the verdict.
 CSEA Civil Service Division Director Perry Kenny praised the verdict. "This sends the message to the state the retaliation of this kind is outrageous and cannot be tolerated," Kenny said.
 CSEA filed the suit based on Title 7 of the federal Civil Rights Act, which involves retribution.
 The CSEA suit charged that Clark, an office assistant who has worked at San Quentin since 1983, suffered retaliation on the job after filing her discrimination complaint in 1987 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was passed over for promotion seven times after receiving higher test scores than other applicants.
 San Quentin management even put up a sign telling co-workers not to speak to her, said CSEA attorney Darrell Steinberg, who successfully represented Clark. The prison's top management refused to promote Clark despite recommendations by supervisors and excellent job performance evaluations.
 CSEA is the largest state employee union in California, representing 130,000 active and retired workers.
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 /CONTACT: Pat McConahay, 916-326-4379, or home, 916-424-3297, or Mike Myslinski, 916-326-4378, both of CSEA/


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