According to the evidence, in April of 2007 former Fulton County Manager Thomas Andrews denied Mr. Carl a promotion as the Director of the Department of Human Services position because the powers-that-be in the County were determined to fill that position with an African-American female. The former County Manager admitted to referring to employees as “black marbles” and “white marbles” in the context of personnel decisions and to telling his Assistant County Manager that Emma Darnell would not accept Mr. Carl as the Director. Mr. Carl’s former boss, testified to the jury that she had been told by her boss, Deputy County Manager Kenneth Chadwell, that Emma Darnell noted that she had “too many white boys” in the Human Services Department and that Ms. Darnell wanted a black female for the Director job.
The jury, made of up two women and four men, deliberated for about 5 hours before reaching its verdict. The jury initially returned a verdict of $300,000 for Mr. Carl’s lost wages. After post-trial motions, the Court awarded another 1.3 million dollars for Mr. Carl’s lost pension, interest, and attorney’s fees.
The plaintiff was represented by Parks, Chesin & Walbert partners Andrew Y. Coffman and J. Matthew Maguire, and associate Jennifer Coalson. The case is Carl v. Fulton County and Thomas Andrews, 1:07-cv-01812 (N.D.Ga), before Magistrate Judge Alan J. Baverman.