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Judge upholds racial discrimination ruling against Dubuque employer

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A judge has upheld a Dubuque city commission's ruling that a businessman racially discriminated against a former employee.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that Judge Michael Shubatt issued the decision last week in the case involving Leo Simon, owner of Simon Seeding & Sod, and Jermaine Stapleton, who is black.

Stapleton filed a complaint with the Dubuque Human Rights Commission alleging Simon harassed and discriminated against him because of his race. He accused Simon of calling him such names as "colored guy," ''chocolate lad" and "chocolate guy."

According to court documents, Simon argued he did not use derogatory terms but admitted he may have called Stapleton "chocolate guy" as a joke.

The commission ordered Simon to pay $80,500 for lost wages, emotional distress and attorney fees.

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