By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County jury awarded $75,000 to a former manager at the Corning Inc. plant Thursday after determining the supervisor was subjected to a hostile working environment due to racial harassment, according to court records.
The all-white jury handed down the decision following four days of testimony in Berkeley County Circuit Court.
The jury awarded Arturo G. Sherrard $75,000 in compensatory damages for emotional distress, embarrassment and humiliation, court records said.
The jury also found that Sherrard was subjected to a hostile work environment because of racial harassment.
However, the jury did not find that race was a substantial motivating factor in Sherrard's firing or that Sherrard was terminated in retaliation for his complaints about racial harassment, court records said.
"It seemed to be an incongruous verdict," said Charles F. Printz Jr., an attorney for Corning.
Printz said he was disappointed with the verdict and the company is considering filing an appeal.