Hyundai Loses $9 Million Discrimination Suit

Hyundai Semiconductor America Inc., a subdivision of Korean car company Hyundai, lost a $9.5 million sex and racial discrimination lawsuit Friday.

The suit was filed by Jeff Abraham, owner of Technical Resources Inc., a human resources firm that was soliciting prospective employees for Hyundai. Abraham alleged that a manager of Hyundai’s human resources staff, James F. Menzie, had asked Abraham to stop sending the resumes of women and blacks, saying he “would hire as few as possible.” When Abraham refused, Hyundai ended its contract with Technical Resources Inc.

Abraham said that the award amount surpassed his “wildest expectations” and commented, “This has never been about money. I did this because I wanted the record to show what they’re (Hyundai personnel) all about, and it’s on the record today.”

The jury ordered Hyundai to pay Abraham $9.5 million, and ordered James F. Menzie to pay an additional sum of almost $500,000.


AP - April 25, 1999

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