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Bullied at work at CSX, NC woman awarded $685,000

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina woman intimidated by CSX Transportation Inc. railroad supervisors and targeted by vandals is getting more than $685,000 plus interest.

A federal judge in Elizabeth City on Tuesday awarded Vicky Bennett of Northampton County the money for losses she suffered during her short stint as a CSX railroad conductor in 2008. A jury found CSX was an unsafe and hostile work environment for Bennett.

Bennett complained that she once found her pickup truck spray-painted with racial slurs, the back window smashed, and a mannequin head with a noose around its neck in the back seat.

Bennett said a supervisor angry that she called ahead to get directions drove the resisting black woman off railroad property in his company vehicle, refusing to let her out while he berated her.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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