UPPER MARLBORO, Md.(AP) — A jury has awarded a black man $1.65 million, saying he had been fired from his job at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission because of race discrimination.

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The Prince George’s County Circuit Court jury on Tuesday awarded Allen W. Cartwright Jr. $359,000 in lost wages and back pay. The rest was for non-economic damages.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that Cartwright had been chief of customer care overseeing the maintenance of the agency’s infrastructure and customer services and had worked at the WSSC for six years. He was asked in 2005 to take a demotion. When Cartwright refused, he was fired.

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A lawyer with WSSC did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Record.

 

 

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