Maine woman wins $100K lawsuit against Zales Jewelers

6:02 PM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A law firm says the corporation that owns Zales Jewelers has paid out a $100,000 court settlement in a racial discrimination lawsuit in Maine.

The firm of Norman, Hanson & DeTroy says RyiSHisa Morris was denied service in 2010 at a Piercing Pagoda store at the Maine Mall. Piercing Pagoda is a division of Zale Corp., a publicly traded company based in Dallas.

The firm said the clerk used profanity and made derogatory comments toward Morris, who is black and Native American.

Superior Court Judge Nancy Mills in May awarded Morris $100,000 plus interest, fees and costs.

The law firm said Zale's appeal was denied on Nov. 27, and that Zale paid the settlement on Monday.

A Zale Corp. spokeswoman said the company had no comment on the case.

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