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Black EPA official awarded $600,000 in bias lawsuit

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A federal jury Friday awarded $600,000 to a senior Environmental Protection Agency official who said she was passed over for promotions because she is a black woman.

The jury found Marsha Coleman-Adebayo was discriminated against between 1994 and 1997 when working as a South African expert in the EPA's office of international activities.

She is currently employed by the EPA as a senior adviser on international environmental issues in its pollution division.

"I earned my Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and reached the pinnacle of my career the honest way — hard work," Adebayo said in a statement. "The EPA never expected to be brought to court by me."