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Black deputy awarded $99,999 in discrimination case

by Amanda Luker

Oct. 7, 2004 – A black deputy who had organized fellow African American law enforcement officers to counter workplace discrimination was awarded $99,999 by a jury that determined racial discrimination had factored in his firing. Robert Amboree, who worked for 18 years as a deputy sheriff and served as president of a black deputies’ organization, argued that he was fired for being vocal on behalf of deputies in the Afro-American Sheriff’s Deputy League. His complaints included an incident in which a supervisor called several black deputies "monkeys." Assistant County Attorney Jay Siskind maintained that Amboree was dismissed because of his disciplinary record, but jurors disagreed.

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