$2 Million Dollar Verdict: Cop Says He Was Passed Up for Promotions Because He Is White

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Workplace discrimination is a long-held and serious problem in the United States.  Most of us are aware of scenarios where someone wasn’t given a job opportunity or promotion because of their age, race, gender or sexual orientation.  In a nation where we hope that the quality of your resume will get you the job you’re seeking, there are too many cases where this doesn’t happen.

But what if you’re white?  A police officer in Ithaca, New York felt that he was being passed up for promotions on the job because he was not an ethnic minority.  This led the officer to file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the City of Ithaca.

A federal jury awarded Christopher Miller $2 million in response to his claim of employment discrimination.   He also proved successfully that the city had retaliated against him for filing human rights complaints.  Judge Thomas McAvoy, along with all the jurors, happens to be white, which makes some wonder if there is bias in the verdict.

Arch Stokes, who is on the defense team for the City of Ithaca, says that Miller doesn’t deserve a thing for his alleged claims.

“Mr. Miller is entitled to nothing,” Stokes said.

Stokes said that Miller is a liar and that he never took responsibility for is actions.

“Christopher Miller is eating up himself over his own lust for power over others,” Stokes said. “He’s an abuser of his power over others.”

Miller’s attorney, A.J. Bosman says that it’s actually the leadership of the police department who is irresponsible, not Miller himself.

“These defendants want you to believe Mr. Miller made it all up,” Bosman said.

She said that the hiring process of the city is in favor of minorities, and keeps white employees from having opportunities.  Of course she failed to mention that for hundreds of years, whites were the only ones who had any chance of being hired.

The lawsuit is in line with an upcoming hearing in the United States Supreme Court, where Affirmative Action may be on the chopping block.  The election of a black president makes some believe that Affirmative Action is no longer necessary.  But for many, workplace discrimination is very real, and it makes life difficult for workers of all backgrounds.

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33 Responses to $2 Million Dollar Verdict: Cop Says He Was Passed Up for Promotions Because He Is White

  1. Why is it that white people automatically think they are passed over for something because they are being discriminated against? How about there might be someone else who is better, more qualified, smarter? It’s sad when you think you are “golden” and there is no one else better than you. I guarantee you if another white person had received this, he still would have tried to find some reason, other than the obvious, to cry like a baby. Get over yourself.

    D.C. Price
    October 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm
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    • D C that exactly what we use to say back in the 60′s. I don’t know if this officer has or has not been discriminated against. I do think we people of color sometimes now think we are entitled because of past discrimination regardless, and that’s not right either.

      Onesilverbac
      October 20, 2012 at 12:27 am
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      • You’re correct 100%, but I can guarantee that this chump sat and watched many people of color passed up and never uttered a word.

        Mr. Mark
        October 20, 2012 at 7:02 am
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    • It’s because white people have that arrogant air of entitlement. He believes that he’s supposed to get promotions BECAUSE he’s white.

      Mr. Mark
      October 20, 2012 at 6:58 am
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      • I agree. The fact that it was an all white jury means I smell a rat, if I was the department, I would appeal the verdict.

        brownie
        October 21, 2012 at 3:51 am
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    • I have no idea as to the facts of this case; all I know is what the article stated. I’m a middle-class white guy who entered life AFTER the Civil Rights Act was already on the books, and never knew what a segregated school (or segregated anything) was, except for history books. I’ll address your thoughts from my perspective.

      When I see a help-wanted ad that says “women and minorities are encouraged to apply,” I translate that to mean white men need not apply.

      When an employer has an Affirmative Action program in place, I see it like this: Me (the white heterosexual male) will only get hired/promoted if no woman, minority, gay, or “disabled” applies for the job. And that is the reality.

      Before you suggest that my lack of “success” in employment is happening to me because I’m just not qualified, I’ll note that white males as a group are receiving this sort of treatment from the Affirmative Action employers that I’m referring to. Sure enough, when the hiring/promoting decision is announced, the person who got the job is anything but a white heterosexual male; a pattern that repeats itself, over and over again. A great many workplaces have turned the 1950′s employment policies precisely upside down — discrimination of Type A has been replaced with discrimination of Type B; rather than simply doing away with discrimination.

      I applaud this white police officer for fighting back against discrimination.

      Joe Whiteguy
      October 20, 2012 at 8:04 am
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      • “discrimination of Type A has been replaced with discrimination of Type B”

        Yeah that’s probably the reason why unemployment is double that for blacks than what it is for white guys like you Joe racist. Go take your pity party somewhere else. Whites have never experienced any sort of discrimination comparable to to what blacks have in America.

        teabaggers are idiots
        October 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm
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      • So Joe Whiteguy, if you actually believe what you wrote, how do you explain the fact that 96% of the executives in corporate america are white males. Also, the vast majority of law enforcement, fire saftey, military officers, school administrators, bank managers, investment firm managers etc. are predominantly white male and far exceed their proportion of the american population?

        Could it be that most white men don’t believe any minority person should have employment until all the white applicants are exhausted? Of course whites don’t have problem with minorities performing menial wage service jobs since they believe that is more appropriate?

        Allen
        October 20, 2012 at 11:04 pm
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      • I don’t believe for one minute that he was discriminated against, just because you don’t make the cut for something does not mean you were discriminated against. White people need to understand that they are not the best at everything, there are others that are equally or above them in skills and or talent.

        brownie
        October 21, 2012 at 3:54 am
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    • All white jury and white judge- That’s called a full deck. The city’s defense team had less than a snowball’s chance in H.E.L.L of winning that case.

      BigWill
      October 21, 2012 at 1:05 am
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      • This was all a set up, he was looking for a payday and got it…I would appeal.

        brownie
        October 21, 2012 at 3:57 am
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  2. Only in white America…………..

    Hakeem Muhammad
    October 20, 2012 at 12:20 am
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  3. This is the tip of the iceberg. When the feelings of dominion slip away
    there is going to be the need to prove ones worth and do self advocacy. As labor and management clash there will be more of this. It will be highly important to do things by the book. Judgement has been rendered. Appeals can be costly. But this does bring one question to mind…Is there really a minority centered police department in the USA?

    Samdromeda
    October 20, 2012 at 3:08 am
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  4. Anyway if the man felt he was discriminated against he has a right to sue.
    Lawsuits are getting out of hand, its costly and everyone end up paying for it.
    We are are always creating lawsuits because we think the white man owe us from slavery times. We need to get over it! We are not dealing with the same people.
    Affirmative Action is an embarrassment too. It should be abolished.
    Education is the key.

    SYLVIA BUTLER
    October 20, 2012 at 3:38 am
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    • SYLVIA BUTLER, not only are you a jack azz- you’re a IGNORANT as H.E.L.L. jack azz.

      Woodie Wills
      October 21, 2012 at 12:56 am
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    • Affirmative Action was and is a way to redress pass issues. I grew up adult wise in the eighties. It’s 2012 we still have issues. White people now more than ever think because we have a President of partial African descent racism, sexism, homophobia has ended. Wrong it has always been there they took the opportunity to bring it full blast out into the public. Any and all people especially blacks who side with ignorance should just keep your mouth shut. Minorities and Women have always been under attack and will always be as long as rich white men control 95% of the legislative, executive, and economical jobs and power in america. So don’t sit on your high horse and tell any person of color or woman like yourself to get over it! Have you completely lost your DAMN mind! It is people like you, like Ben Johnson former owner of BET, like that half-with Ron christie i see on these political shows, like all the republicans the eyes can see or your ears can hear open your eyes to the truth race and sexism are returning to the time when people of color were considered inferior and women were property. Beside this case look at the poor little white girl in texas suing because she didn’t get into Unv of Texas she says because she was white not true those freshman of color whom did get in had same test scores some were even better so diversity of school was also used. She felt entitled because she was white and now that attitude which most of the racist and religious bigoted US supreme court is going to make this so-called beacon of democracy for the world what it was in it’s early formation a nation of the haves and those who don’t, a nation of economic slaves and the economic slave masters.I suggest you rethink your opinion because it is flawed on so many levels I pity you and those who support or thinks as you do regardless of the color or their skin or their gender, or sexual orientation!

      reynolds rapley jr
      October 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm
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  5. The legal system is really racist. It practically never happened that Blacks could get $ 2 million and not even $1 million for being harrassed psychologically and/or for discrimination on the job market. Fuck them!

    Patsy/
    October 20, 2012 at 3:38 am
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  6. I really think Ann Coulter was on to something. She said that Civil Rights should only be for black people.

    Greg
    October 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm
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  7. …affirmative action and other such programs are in place to protect all people of color and women against discrimination on the basis of skin color, which also parlays into equal right sor women and their right to obtain jobs and equal pay or opportunities that might otherwise be largely reserved for those who happen to be either white or male whether they qualify or not. I don’t think affirmative action is fail proof and this discrimination law suit bares this out; however, I believe the idea of making it a legal response to the inequities of unfair labor practices against people of color is a step toward the direction or righting the wrong. In the case of the white male who sued the state for 2 million, affirmative action is also flawed a policy to address on one behalf is also a discrimination in reverse; so this is why it is not fail proof and should be revamped. I wish we lived in a society that was not racist but we are far from that type of world today.

    I agree with the previous white hetorosexual male stated above that more emphasis to end discrimination practices must be in place but that is also why we have this policy of affirmative action. However, ending various forms of discriminatory hiring practices in a world that is driven by white supremacy and white male patriarchal norms, which largely predominates every area of people activity in the form of employment, entertainment and socialization is a huge task.

    Alainla
    October 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm
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  8. The white man DOES in fact owe us from slavery.I’m all for reparations. And I will never get over my ancestors being murdered and brutally raped for no reason but the color of their skin. If I sat on this case as a judge or juror that white racist cop would not have gotten a dime. The hell with these crybaby ass white savages.

    Cortez.
    October 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm
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  9. I am a white, diabled woman who has been discrimanated against all my life. I have stood before people men (white) who asked me where my husband was (he knew) and told to go down to the pub ( and use my femine wiles) to drum up businessfor myself. Even today, people wont hire me because those of us with a chair are seen as incapable of doing a job as manager or such. I have had men hired over me that had next to no education. To add insult, I had to train them. Affirmative action did nothing for me. These priviledge white men need to shut up and understand they are not the only people who need to feed families. Oh yeah, I have a masters degree. I bought into white mans lie that all you need is put money into his white controlled schools of learning and all will be great. Education is the answer. Just not the kind taught in the schools but the kind that is learned if we sit down together and talk. Then and only then will we find out we are all the same. Only the color of our skin is different..

    Sandra
    October 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm
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    • It is white men that don’t get discriminated against….too many of them do all of the discriminating.

      brownie
      October 21, 2012 at 4:13 am
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  10. to me discrimination is discrimination just because one white person do it to you dosent mean you go do it to another randon white person it happens all the time it happens to people of all races i use to work in this all black work place in tampa florida and i got kick of the working team because i would hang out with the latinos and spanish is my first language and am black as hell and they would always tell me shit like you one of them funny niggaz you think you better cause you can speak that shit and this is what i had to experience so yea i feel bad for this white dude cause thats a shitty feeling

    diablo
    October 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm
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    • Stop making shit up. The type and level of discrimination that black people experience does NOT happen to white people period.

      teabaggers are idiots
      October 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm
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    • Your story is about as true as a 9 headed donkey…there is no such thing as an all black workplace…

      brownie
      October 21, 2012 at 4:17 am
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  11. 2 black contestants for the Bachelor also claimed workplace discrimination – they were not awarded 2 million dollars

    The history of the country is not on this police officers side. The history of this country (years of slavery, suffering of Jim Crow) has favored white males.

    Further because of the discrimination against minorities- diversity in the police workforce becomes a life-saving issue.

    Keepingitreal
    October 21, 2012 at 2:00 am
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  12. “The legal system is really racist. It practically never happened that Blacks could get $ 2 million and not even $1 million for being harrassed psychologically and/or for discrimination on the job market. Fuck them!” by Patsy/

    Blacks shouldn’t be upset with a “Caucasian” police officer, or anyone else who files a claim for redress for wrongdoing, illegal acts, tort violations, etc., because this is the American way of making the system, the courts work for the citizen, and holding the perpetrators accountable for violation of law.

    More so than the courts or legal system being racist, more must be done by our own elected black leaders, lawyers, judges, etc., etc., to competently serve U.S. born black men and women whose Constitutional rights, property rights, etc., etc., have been violated by government, private industry, etc., etc., so that U.S. born blacks can win meggabuck claims too.

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-854389

    Unfortunately our own elected black leaders (Barack Obama, the Congressional Black Clueless….AKA….the Congressional Black Caucus, Clarence Thomas)black lawyers, shun or trash Constitutional protections, betray U.S. born black men and women, step up to the plate to serve illegal aliens, place his or her fate in the hands of a no good Reverend Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, serve Caucasian trailer trash in a “Linsay Lohan” before competently representing law abiding black men and women who have been egregiously violated government, private industry, etc., etc……

    …..all of which make it highly unlikely that U.S. born blacks receive redress for the atrocities of government, etc., etc., which has more to do with a dysfunctional black community that any racism on the part of Caucasians, Hispanics, Koreans, Jews, etc., etc.

    Michael Lofton
    October 21, 2012 at 2:24 am
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  13. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-852944

    Unfortunately our own elected black leaders (Barack Obama, the Congressional Black Clueless….AKA….the Congressional Black Caucus, Clarence Thomas)black lawyers, shun or trash Constitutional protections, betray U.S. born black men and women, step up to the plate to serve illegal aliens, place his or her fate in the hands of a no good Reverend Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, serve Caucasian trailer trash in a “Linsay Lohan” before competently representing law abiding black men and women who have been egregiously violated government, private industry, etc., etc……

    …..all of which make it highly unlikely that U.S. born blacks receive redress for the atrocities of government, etc., etc., which has more to do with a dysfunctional black community than any racism on the part of Caucasians, Hispanics, Koreans, Jews, etc., etc.

    Michael Lofton
    October 21, 2012 at 2:41 am
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  14. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-814262

    Unfortunately our own elected black leaders (Barack Obama, the Congressional Black Clueless….AKA….the Congressional Black Caucus, Clarence Thomas)black lawyers, shun or trash Constitutional protections, betray U.S. born black men and women, step up to the plate to serve illegal aliens, place his or her fate in the hands of a no good Reverend Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, serve Caucasian trailer trash in a “Linsay Lohan” before competently representing law abiding black men and women who have been egregiously violated government, private industry, etc., etc…..

    …..all of which make it highly unlikely that U.S. born blacks receive redress for the atrocities of government, etc., etc., which has more to do with a dysfunctional black community than any racism on the part of Caucasians, Hispanics, Koreans, Jews, etc., etc.

    Michael Lofton
    October 21, 2012 at 2:45 am
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  15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC3glyPv-XM

    “A conversation between President Obama and the black community” Published on Jun 7, 2012 by drboycewatkins

    Unfortunately our own elected black leaders (Barack Obama, the Congressional Black Clueless….AKA….the Congressional Black Caucus, Clarence Thomas)black lawyers, shun or trash Constitutional protections, betray U.S. born black men and women, step up to the plate to serve illegal aliens, place his or her fate in the hands of a no good Reverend Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, serve Caucasian trailer trash in a “Linsay Lohan” before competently representing law abiding black men and women who have been egregiously violated government, private industry, etc., etc…..

    ….all of which make it highly unlikely that U.S. born blacks receive redress for the atrocities of government, etc., etc., which has more to do with a dysfunctional black community than any racism on the part of Caucasians, Hispanics, Koreans, Jews, etc., etc.

    Michael Lofton
    October 21, 2012 at 2:48 am
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  16. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-861876

    The LA Times Message is False, Because President Obama Serves Illegal aliens, anchor babies, welfare recipients, Clarence Thomas like sellout blacks, Al Qaeda, foreign terrorists, and anything else but law abiding U.S. citizens and legal Immigrants, but definitely not U.S. born blacks!

    Michael Lofton
    October 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm
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  17. everyone had a lot to say. first, I want to address the white lady who is in the wheelchair. I am sorry that you are experiencing such a hard time. I feel for anyone who has it hard like you, no matter what color you are. White man are really responsible for most of the ill’s of the world, not only in this country. If you don’t think so Please answer this question, Why do we celebrate Columbus Day? Don’t you know his history? He was a real son of a @#*@#. As long as you have white men ruling, things will never change. Even if every race in he world monopolize this country (rich white males) will rule. Even if ALL RACES put their money together, you can forget anyone else ruling. Remember that there is a European union in this world that you can not beat. They will not let you win no matter who puts their money together. He will find a way to make you mistrust each other. Divided you will fall.

    BERNICE
    October 23, 2012 at 12:23 am
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  18. “everyone had a lot to say. first, I want to address the white lady who is in the wheelchair. I am sorry that you are experiencing such a hard time. I feel for anyone who has it hard like you, no matter what color you are. White man are really responsible for most of the ill’s of the world, not only in this country. If you don’t think so Please answer this question, Why do we celebrate Columbus Day? Don’t you know his history? He was a real son of a @#*@#. As long as you have white men ruling, things will never change. Even if every race in he world monopolize this country (rich white males) will rule. Even if ALL RACES put their money together, you can forget anyone else ruling. Remember that there is a European union in this world that you can not beat. They will not let you win no matter who puts their money together. He will find a way to make you mistrust each other. Divided you will fall.”

    That is false…….Caucasians, Whites do not rule world. Caucasians do not rule China, North Korea, Syria, Pakistan, etc., etc. Law abiding citizens and legal immigrants rule this country (USA), and not any specific ethnic group.

    Finally the greatest deterent to the advancement of blacks is not Caucasians, Whites, rich white males, etc., etc.

    Michael Lofton
    October 23, 2012 at 8:31 am
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