An Alameda County, Calif. jury has awarded nearly $500,000 to an African-American construction worker who suffered emotional distress when a hangman’s noose was tied to the end of a crane at his job-site.

Philip Kay, a solo practitioner in San Francisco, represented Willie Greene in his racial harassment suit against Pleasanton-based Dillingham Construction. Kay is widely known for winning a string of high-profile harassment cases, including one brought by former Baker & McKenzie secretary Rena Weeks against the Chicago-based firm.

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