sues NASCAR for sexual harassment
Grant, former racing official, is suing NASCAR for $225 million,
alleging racial and sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and
wrongful termination. Mauricia Grant, who is 32-years-old
African-American woman, worked for NASCAR as a technical
inspector responsible for certifying cars for the Nationwide
Series from January 2005 until her termination in October of
2007. According to the lawsuit Grant has filed, she was often
referred to at work as "Nappy Headed Mo" and "Queen Sheba", was
often told she worked on "colored people time" and one of the
officials often made remarks about the KKK. In addition,
Mauricia Grant accuses two other NASCAR employees of exposing
themselves in front of her and making rude sexual jokes. The
lawsuit was filed by Mauricia Grant on Tuesday in the U.S.
District Court for the Southern District of New York, listing 23
specific incidents of alleged sexual harassment and 34 specific
incidents of alleged racial and gender discrimination, starting
from the time she was hired in January 2005 until she was fired,
NASCAR citing 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," Mauricia Grant was quoted by the AP.