A Byram man has won a second lawsuit against the Miss. Department of Health. On Thursday a federal court jury in Jackson awarded $425,000 to Albert Brown in his retaliation claim against the Dept. of Health.
Here is the jury’s verdict form.
Here is the Complaint.
Brown sued the Dept. of Health in 2005 for racial discrimination. Brown claimed that he was unfairly passed over for the position of Chief Information Officer. That case resulted in a plaintiff’s verdict on March 23, 2006. The 5th Circuit affirmed on appeal.
Brown alleged that in 2008 he was again passed over for the same job—this time because of retaliation for the prior lawsuit.
The jury agreed and awarded $75,000 in back pay and $350,000 in compensatory damages.
Louis Watson, Jr. and Nick Norris of Jackson represented the plaintiff. Peter Cleveland and Lowry Christopher Lomax with the attorney general’s office represented the Dept. of Health.
Judge Carlton Reeves presided in the case.
The next time Brown applies for a promotion, I’d give him the job.