Mauricia Grant, a former NASCAR technical inspector, has filed a $225 million lawsuit against the stock car racing sanctioning body for racial and sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and
Grant, who is black, says co-workers called her “Queen Sheba” and accused her of working on “colored people time.” Her lawsuit alleges employees also made frequent graphic and lewd jokes, and in two instances exposed themselves to her. When she complained, her supervisor, Joe Balash, told her that she was working with “former military guys” with a rough sense of humor, and she should “deal with it.”
In fact, Grant claims Balash joined in the harassment. He once allegedly asked her if her workout routine included running “an urban obstacle course with a flat-screen TV” on her back.
Grant carefully documented the harassment, detailing 23 alleged incidents of sexual harassment and 34 alleged incidents of racial and gender discrimination in her complaint. She was fired in October 2007 for , despite a history of positive reviews.
“It didn’t diminish my love for the sport of auto racing,” Grant said, “but the job wasn’t the easiest thing to go to every day.”
Note: Women in traditionally male professions are often pressured to accept harassment as part of the . Employers can combat that mentality by responding promptly to complaints. No employee should have to “deal with” harassment.
- Lock in employees' reasons for quitting
- No employee handbook or written policy? Good luck proving you take harassment seriously
- Use greater experience, extra skills to justify why you pay some employees more than others
- Can employers force older workers to retire?
- Retain information on all recent reductions in force