The defendants in a race discrimination case are appealing a $6 million award to a former employee.

Arcelor-Mittal, a global steelmaking giant, filed court papers this week indicating it will ask a federal appeals court to review Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny’s ruling in the case.

Skretny, in a recent decision, reduced the $25 million that a jury awarded Elijah Turley after a three-week trial last year but, for the most part, upheld the jury’s determination that Turley’s former employers were liable for a culture of racial discrimination that existed at the Lackawanna steel plant where he worked.

The judge pointed to several incidents of racial bias harassment in deciding that Turley was entitled to $6 million in damages from his former employers.