MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A federal jury has returned a verdict awarding more than $1 million to three women who say they were racially and sexually harassed by a female administrator at Alabama State University.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports ( ) the jury’s verdict late Friday found the school had allowed a hostile work environment. The women claimed the administrator regularly used racial slurs and made inappropriate comments about the body of 1 plaintiff.

The administrator and 2 of the plaintiffs are black. The other woman is biracial.

Cynthia Williams, 1 of the employees who sued, left the courthouse saying, “Justice is served.”

Alabama State attorney Kenneth Thomas says the defense team is disappointed with the jury’s verdict. Spokesman Kenneth Mullinax says the university will consider an appeal.


Information from: Montgomery Advertiser,