By Melissa Pinion-Whitt Staff Writer
Posted: 07/22/2011 03:12:48 PM PDT

A Joshua Tree Superior Court judge has awarded more than $530,000 in attorney fees to a San Bernardino school district employee who won a discrimination lawsuit against the district and a top administrator in April.

Edward C. Norton, the San Bernardino City Unified School District’s maintenance and operations director, has `already been awarded $360,000 for emotional distress damages.

But additional hearings on the case in Joshua Tree ended July 14 with Judge Frank Gafkowski awarding an additional $535,129 for costs of the lawsuit and other fees.

The school district has taken the first steps toward appealing the decision, said district spokeswoman Linda Bardere.

“We are planning to file an appeal. That was one of the things that (former superintendent Arturo) Delgado wanted to follow through with,” she said.

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