“She had a responsibility to say, ‘I’m upset. I don’t like it. It bothers me. It hurts me,” Judge Aquilina said according to the Lansing Journal. “She did that.”
Not only did the judge fine the agency $21,000 but she also ordered them to pay all of Perry’s attorney’s fees.
“[It] is despicable,” Judge Aquilina said, according to the court transcripts. “It is not worthy of any state department. It is a continued, hostile work environment. It is upsetting. It is beneath any American.”
Even though Perry’s lawsuit is the third one in recent years alleging discrimination within the agency, DHS Spokesperson David Akerly intends to appeal Aquilina’s ruling.
Meanwhile, Perry was transferred to a department within the agency that handles employee discrimination complaints and to date has not been promoted.