U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla has ruled that a former Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division employee who was fired from his job over his pro-Confederate views is due nearly $160,000 in back pay and benefits and must be rehired.
McCalla ruled the employee, Michael Goza, was discriminated against based on his race. The judge also said Goza's constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection under the law were violated.
As a result, MLGW has been ordered to pay Michael Goza $159,826.90 in back pay and benefits, along with $30,000 in compensatory damages.
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