A Los Angeles jury has ordered the University of California Board of Regents to pay $1.58 million to a woman who alleged co-workers made harassing and racially charged comments.
The verdict was announced Tuesday by lawyers for Nicole Birden, who worked as a phlebotomist at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.
Birden, who is African American, claimed her colleagues created a hostile work environment by using racial slurs, making disparaging remarks about her skin color and tampering with blood specimens that Birden had drawn.
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UCLA Health says it's disappointed by the verdict and considering all available options. The statement says UCLA is committed to maintaining a workplace free from discrimination and harassment.