A jury unanimously awarded a woman $1 million in damages after jurors found the woman was discriminated against at a Portland, Oregon-area gas station where a pump attendant refused to serve her because she is Black.

Rose Wakefield filed the racial discrimination lawsuit against Jacksons Food Stores and a Beaverton, Oregon, Jacksons franchise owner over a March 2020 incident in which a gas station attendant ignored Wakefield and instead served other customers who arrived after her. 

Oregon is one of two states in the country that bar customers from pumping their own gas. 

Wakefield testified she had to seek assistance from a clerk inside the store before the attendant outside explained why he didn’t serve her: “I don’t serve Black people.”

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