The ArcelorMittal steel plant in upstate New York closed its doors in 2009. But for one man, it remained very alive. A former employee claimed that he was a broken man after enduring three years of racist taunts inside the Buffalo-area factory's walls. Earlier this week, a federal jury unanimously awarded him a whopping $25 million as a result.
Elijah Turley testified during the three-week trial that his bosses sat by while his co-workers harassed him, writing "KKK" and "King Kong Lives" on the walls, playing howling animal noises over the loudspeaker, hanging a stuffed monkey with a noose around its neck from his car, and even threatening his life, according to Turley's lawyer Ryan Mills.