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Racial comments directed at an African-American, Medro Johnson of Elk Grove, CA, earned the Sears employee $5.2 million in a recent lawsuit victory.  Johnson told jurors  that at a company picnic in 2008, a coworker told his wife and children, “Medro calls me Masta,” in “slave dialect.” In another incident, that same employee threatened him with physical violence.

When Sears managers threatened to fire both employees if they took the issue to human resources, Johnson went the legal route. The verdict? Justice served. Do you agree?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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