Trial Over Racial Harassment Claim Continues in Gage County District Court

BEATRICE – The wife of a bi-racial man suing his former employer for alleged racial discrimination and harassment, took the witness stand Wednesday morning in a trial being held in Gage County District Court.  Terran Curry spoke of the time after her husband was terminated from his job, for what the lawsuit alleges was due to his race.

:09                  “to make it right”

Jonathan Curry filed the lawsuit against his former employer, Sanitary Garbage Company, after previously filing a complaint that was dismissed by the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission.  He has claimed he was subjected to a hostile work environment because of his race.

Much of Wednesday morning’s testimony was given by Heidi Bell, a former Human Resources Manager for the garbage hauling firm, called by Curry’s attorney, Abby Osborn.  The testimony focused on absences and tardiness of various employees, plus written warnings she would issue, for violations.

Patrick O’Brien, the attorney for Sanitary Garbage Company, questioned Bell about how owner Emma Von Busch treated employees.

:30                  “Yes”

Bell said the nature of the business was that employees fired from the company, would come back and be re-hired…often more than once.

Asked if she ever observed the owner to treat anyone differently based on their race….Bell answered, “No”.

District Judge Rick Schreiner is presiding over the trial, which is in its’ second day.

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