During 14 years of litigation over claims that he was denied a promotion because he is black, John Hithon has twice been awarded jury verdicts of more than $1 million. His case prompted the U.S. Supreme Court to say that using the word "boy" to describe an African-American man could by itself be evidence of discrimination. But the 11th Circuit has ruled that evidence of the use of the term "boy" -- allegedly by a white plant manager to address Hithon -- wasn't enough to support a jury finding of racial discrimination.
11th Circuit: Term 'Boy' Doesn't Prove Race Discrimination
August 20, 2010