There are many small communities in Florida and elsewhere that have developed long-standing business relationships with certain companies. While changes in ownership could lead a community to feel it necessary to re-evaluate previous arrangements, denying a company business for unjust reasons is never advisable. A man in another state has been awarded $260,000 in a recent discrimination lawsuit after a community stopped using the services of a towing company based on the new owner’s ethnicity.
According to reports, the small town had a long-standing relationship with the towing company, dating back decades. However, after the man bought the company from its previous owners, he claims the town refused to do business with him. According to the lawsuit, leaders in the community stopped enlisting the services of the company based on the new owner’s Middle Eastern background.
The man also claims that he was subjected to disrespectful comments and falsely accused of having a criminal record. He asserts that the allegations are false and states that they were made in an attempt to harm his personal and professional reputation. During court proceedings, a jury reportedly ruled that the responsible parties were culpable of discrimination and defamation, and the man was awarded a substantial financial judgment.
Discrimination is a major concern for many individuals, and the potential harm of such unlawful treatment can be significant. Those who encounter such treatment could choose to speak with an attorney for guidance in understanding the legal avenues available to them. An attorney can examine the situation and assist a client in Florida in pursuing the compensation entitled through a claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.