MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A former restaurant in western Wisconsin has been ordered to pay $56,000 to a cook who got fired for complaining about a racist display.
According to federal officials, Sparx Restaurant fired Dion Miller after he complained about a dollar bill with a noose around George Washington's neck -- accompanied by drawings a of hooded Ku Klux Klan supporter.
Last September, a jury found that Sparx retaliated against Miller by firing him -- and he was awarded $15,000 for emotional distress. Last week, Federal Judge Barbara Crabb of Madison awarded back pay and interest to Miller of over $41,000.
Sparx Restaurant has since closed, and a Denny's later opened on the site with new owners.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission included the new owners in the lawsuit -- which a court had later upheld. The EEOC announced the penalties Wednesday in a news release.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)