Rob Carmona

A federal judge has ruled that workplace use of the derogatory term 'nigger' is illegal, even if uttered by black people.

Brandi Johnson, 38, was awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages in a lawsuit brought against STRIVE agency founder Rob Carmona (pictured above) for calling her the N-word during a taped "four-minute nigger tirade". Johnson said Carmona was angered over her inappropriate workplace attire and unprofessional behavior.

STRIVE prepares young black people with the tools necessary to enter the workforce. STRIVE's website notes that the agency has helped nearly 50,000 people find jobs.

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