Will It Ever Stop? | Mauricia Grant

11 06 2008

For a sport trying to branch out and become more inclusive, news that African-African female filing a $225 million lawsuit alleging racial and sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination could not have been good news for NASCAR.

Aspiring racing official, Mauricia Grant took action against the racing association after documenting over two years of incidents at the hands of her callous former employees. In the lawsuit, she alleged she was referred to as “Nappy Headed Mo” and “Queen Sheba,” by co-workers, was often told she worked on “colored people time,” and was frightened by one official who routinely made references to the Ku Klux Klan.

In addition, Grant said she was subjected to sexual advances from male co-workers, two of whom allegedly exposed themselves to her, and graphic and lewd jokes.

The lawsuit details a series of those alleged incidents:

— Grant was forced to work outside more often than the white male officials because her supervisors believed she couldn’t sunburn because she was black.

— While riding in the backseat of her car pool at Talladega Superspeedway, co-workers told her to duck as they passed race fans. “I don’t want to start a riot when these fans see a black woman in my car,” she claims one official said.

— When packing up a dark garage at Texas Motor Speedway an official told Grant: “Keep smiling and pop your eyes out ‘cause we can’t see you.”

— When she ignored advances from co-workers, Grant was accused of being gay. She also claimed co-workers questioned the sexual orientation of two other female officials.

After her termination, Grant said she went over her notes and recognized “a pattern of retaliation and discrimination.”

“It didn’t diminish my love for the sport of auto racing, but the job wasn’t always the easiest thing to go to every day,” she said.

We’re sorry that you had to endure such ignorance but remain pleased that it didn’t extinguish your desire to continue to chase your dream. Here’s to hoping that you get your paper!

Update | June 14:

Two officials suspended by NASCAR are accused in a $225 million lawsuit of exposing themselves to a former co-worker, the Associated Press has learned.

Tim Knox and Bud Moore have been placed on indefinite administrative paid leave.

NASCAR will not reveal the identities of the officials sent home Friday from Kentucky Speedway, but a person familiar with the investigation confirmed to AP on Saturday that Knox and Moore were suspended. The person requested anonymity because NASCAR’s investigation is ongoing.

NASCAR did not give a reason for the men’s suspension, and chairman Brian France cautioned against assuming the officials are being punished for allegations made in the lawsuit.

“Obviously we found some violations in our policy, but I would not jump to conclusions to assume that all of the allegations that were made are accurate,” France said at Michigan International Speedway, site of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race.

“Even if we take action on any official in this investigation — we might discover something entirely different that has been going on that has nothing to do with the claim, this lawsuit, but still is in violation of our policy. That would get you in trouble with us.”

Grant filed her suit Tuesday, alleging 23 specific incidents of sexual harassment and 34 specific incidents of racial and gender discrimination during her time as a technical inspector for NASCAR’s second-tier Nationwide Series.

Grant claims her October 2007 firing was retaliation for complaining about the way she was treated on the job from her January 2005 hiring.

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23 responses

11 06 2008
Jay

We automatically assume she is innocent and not just after money! How far we come?

11 06 2008
G.Gordon Liddy

I agree it is an unfortunate circumstance the way Mauricia Grant was supposedly treated by co-workers during her employment with NASCAR. Still I find it interesting that on this particular site in reference to the possible racism portrayed against Ms. Grant, that I only see one white actor link represented in the catagory column to the left.

11 06 2008
Pam

Jay you must be white, why do you assume she is not “innocent”? She is the plantiff – the one filing the lawsuit and does not have to prove her innocence. Nascar will have to prove their’s.

11 06 2008
Julie

Jay, I am assuming there is something to her allegations as NASCAR has not denied the them and are dancing around the issue. Doesn’t sound like a stretch; it is NASCAR after all. Read the filing on the Smoking Gun. Pages and pages of grime. I needed a shower after reading it.

11 06 2008
Bill

Pam, contrary to your statement to Jay, as the plaintiff she is the one who is reqired to prove her claims. Nascar doesn’t have to prove anything. Just because someone brings a lawsuit doesn’t mean the charges are true.

11 06 2008
geo

Wow, Everything in the complaint is plausable. I’m surprised someone kept notes, but then I guess she knew what she was doing. Too many times I’ve seen peole do similar things at work beause they thougth they were among ” friends.”
Managment need to be aware that training is needed to keep these things from ruining the companies good name.
from a white guy(Irish catholic)

11 06 2008
J

Pam your an idiot. She is the plaintiff yes. The defendant is NASCAR. The defendant is innocent until proven guilty. When you are brought up on burglary charges you are the defendant, a plaintiff brings action against you and you are innocent until they prove you are guilty. You must not be white huh???

11 06 2008
Tony

Well the allegations does not surprise me. Just look @ NASCAR. Its a southern hillbilly sport and the reds want to keep it that way. Even female drivers they don’t like. They won’t admit it, but its there. Mauricia Grant was just in the wrong place…. like the allegations say.. KLU KLUX Land… she was a woman and she was black that is more that 10 strikes..that is why she is out. Only a certain “kind” is welcome is NASCAR… the rest that are there.. are just for show. There are better drivers out there are Black, Hispanic, Oriental, Gays and Women…just not welcome in NASCAR. case close.

11 06 2008
Anon

When will all this racist bull sh!t ever end? I’m sick of idiotic disgusting bigots!

12 06 2008
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12 06 2008
Stephenson

Tony, you sound like a guy who has gotten a lincoln log stuck in his nose before. Not too bright are ya? If NASCAR does only welcome a certain “kind”, then explain why they hired her in the first place. Oh, and could you please name off some of those minority stock car drivers who are elite. Didn’t think so. I agree that there needs to be an investigation into how she was treated. However, the real reason racism still exist is because people like her file these over the top law suits. People have had the wrong organs taken out in surgery and didn’t recieve a fraction of what she is asking for. This case is not a step forward but a step backwards. We need to gain some perspective.

12 06 2008
Steve

Let us think how valid her arguments are…First Erwin “Magic” Johnson works for NASCAR and is the chair for Executive Steering Committee for Diversity. Second there are many more “minorities” that drive and officiate for NASCAR and have for years. Lastly she did not follow NASCAR’s policy for asexual or racial discrimination. With all of this to include her keeping notes it looks pretty damning that she is in it for the money.

I am really surprised that she would not have said something to someone she felt comfortable with. At least Magic Johnson. This sounds like another money hungry person looking for a quick paycheack.

12 06 2008
steve s

I´m white, and please call me names for 2 years at the tune of 112.5 mil a year. i will come to you for that. Be real, if she was truly hurt by all this why wait 2 years before doing anything????? If it is proved that it happened then 10 times her yearly salary would suffice if she is only wanting to make a statement about nascar.

12 06 2008
gambit242

Sounds like she worked with a bunch of idiots..

I don’t think the list of links to the left has anything to do with the validity of this post..

Later,
Philip
http://www.philipnelson.org

12 06 2008
The Mokoda

J Says (#7)

You’d better brush up a little on the Law. This is a CIVIL suit and not a CRIMINAL suit. In a criminal suit, yes, the defendant doesn’t need to prove innocence, in fact, the defendant doesn’t even need to testify or call witnesses. Also, there is no “plaintiff” in a criminal suit, there is only the governmental authority (local, state, federal, etc.) who is represented by a prosecutor. Only a governmemtal authority can “bring someone up on charges” for a punisible offense.
A civil suit is quite different in a number of important ways. The plaintiff is a regular person or corporate entity who wishes the court to hear and judge a complaint against another person or corporate entity. The defendant does have a burden of proof IF the defendant intends to offer any kind of “affirmative defense” against the plaintiff’s charges. This is a legal term that’s too complex to explain here, but the point is, some of your commentary is inaccurate.

12 06 2008
K-Ville

First of all I would like to say that I am a black male and while her claim may be true and should be investigated, $225 million? Come-on now! She’s in it for the money.

15 06 2008
Gary

I believe there to be some truth to this story about Mauricia Grant claims, but it sure seems funny that she has been keeping records of all the accounts from the very beginning.
All most like she was planning this from the start. COME ON !!! she is sueing for 225 million

23 06 2008
mark

56 year old white male, here. Iv’e been discriminated against so many times that it’s not possible to count. That’s life in this less than perfict world……..

24 06 2008
Ralph DeMattia

I wish I was black! Being white, I must assume that if I don’t get a job, I may not be qualified or fulfill all the requirements! I don’t have another race to blame all my failures on. Grow up, lady, and blacks in general. You may have failed at something because you didn’t do as well!OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH, what a revelation!!!

26 06 2008
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4 07 2008
Mary Courtney

I am white. I’m old enough to have watched the Civil Rights Marches in the 60’s. I’m old enough to have missed played high school sports because I graduated before Title IX. I’m old enough to know these good old boys of NASCAR have no idea there is legislation against sexism and racism in the workplace.

25 08 2008
Cooper

I think it takes alot of courage to stand up to a huge organization like Nascar and we should applaud Ms. Grant for her bravery.

As for all the racial talk that is goin back and forth in this thread all I can say is that I am dissapointed that in 2008 this sort of evil ignorance still plagues our country. THe mere fact that is has reared its ugly head in this conversation demonstrates how prevalent these feelings must be in society and would lead me to believe that Ms.Grants claims are most probably true.

As to the amount of money involved in the suit, it is necessary to make a point that this behavior is unacceptable. If it was a smaller amount Nascar would be able to sweep the whole thing under the rug.

We should all support Ms. Grant as an AMERICAN woman fighting for what is right.

19 12 2008
Kobie

Well I guess that settles it, literally. For all those who doubted this woman’s integrity she’s got 225 million reasons why you are wrong! That facts are so overwhelmingly in her favor that NASCAR didn’t even have the stomach to litigate, pathetic… And for what? To humiliate someone who wanted nothing more than to help further the popularity and the integrity of what I consider an inconsequential sport!

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