Oregon woman wins discrimination lawsuit against gas station attendant

A jury unanimously awarded a woman $1 million in damages after jurors found the woman had been discriminated against at a Portland, Oregon-area gas station where a gas station attendant refused to serve her because she is black.

Rose Wakefield has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Jacksons Food Stores and a Beaverton, Ore., Jacksons franchise owner over a March 2020 incident in which a gas station attendant ignored Wakefield and instead served other customers arrived after her.

Oregon is one of two states in the country that prohibit customers from pumping their own gas.

Wakefield testified that she had to seek help from a clerk inside the store before the attendant outside explained why he hadn’t served her: “I don’t serve black people.

USA Today

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