Washington Guard Wins $72,000 in Race Discrimination Suit
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Geronimo Subia, a guard at the Washington state women's prison at Purdy, sued in state court after he was placed on administrative leave for allegedly having sex with a female prisoner. Evidence that Caucasian guards pressured the prisoner to make the charges against Subia were ignored, and he wasn't allowed to work for 35 days, which he contended was different from the way that Caucasian guards were treated in similar circumstances. In 1999 the jury agreed and awarded him $72,000.55: $50,000 for emotional distress and $22,000.55 in costs and attorney fees. See: Subia v. Riveland, Thurston County Superior Court, Case No. 95-2¬01902-0.