Published on June 11th, 2008 | by Michael J Smith1
Former Official Sues NASCAR For $225M
The AP is reporting that a former NASCAR official is suing NASCAR for $250 million for racial and sexual discrimination, and sexual harassment and wrongful termination.
Mauricia Grant worked as a technical inspector responsible for certifying cars on the Nationwide circuit.
In her suit, Grant claims that she was referred to as “Nappy Headed Mo” and “Queen Sheba” by coworkers. She also alleges that one official made references to the Ku Klux Klan.
The lawsuit includes 23 incidents of sexual harassment and 34 incidents of racial and gender discrimination from January 2005 to October 2007. She also claims that two coworkers exposed themselves to her.
When she complained to NASCAR, she alleges that they were dismissive. She also said that her direct supervisor, to whom she complained, participated in the harassment.
Grant was fired last year. NASCAR cited a poor work performance.
I loved it. It was a great, exciting, adrenaline-filled job where I worked with fast cars and the best drivers in the world. But there was an ongoing daily pattern [of harassment]. It was the nature of the people I worked with, the people who ran it, it trickled down from the top. It’s just the way things are in the garage.
NASCAR has not yet reviewed the suit, according to spokesman Ramsey Poston.
As an equal opportunity employer, NASCAR is fully committed to the spirit and letter of affirmative action law.
There are some conflicting reports over the amount listed in the suit. The AP is reporting in some articles that the amount is $225 million, while in others it lists the amount as $250 million.