Meet Mauricia Grant, a former NASCAR official who is now suing NASCAR for $225 million, alleging that she was racially and sexually discriminated against, was sexually harassed and was wrongfully terminated. See photos and a biography of Mauricia below.
Mauricia Grant, a former Technical Inspector and Official for NASCAR, is suing the racing giant for $225 million. She alleges racial and sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Mauricia, who is Black, told the Associated Press:
“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.”
In the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, she alleges that co-workers called her “Nappy Headed Mo” and “Queen Sheba. She also claims that she was told she worked on “colored people time”. A co-worker had also allegedly made reference to the Ku Klux Klan. The lawsuit cites 23 incidents of alleged sexual harassment and 34 incidents of alleged racial and gender discrimination. All of the incidents claimed to have occurred when she was hired in January 2005 until her firing in October 2007.
Grant acknowledges in the lawsuit that she complained on several occasions to her supervisor on how she was being treated but nothing was ever done about it. Nationwide Series director Joe Balash even told her at one point that her co-workers are “former military guys with a rough sense of humor” and she should just “deal with it”.
NASCAR has not reviewed the lawsuit as of yet, but according to spokesman Ramsey Poston:
“As an equal opportunity employer, NASCAR is fully committed to the spirit and letter of affirmative action law. NASCAR has a zero tolerance policy for harassment.”
UPDATE 6/12: NASCAR chairman Brian France is denying claims that Mauricia complained to her supervisors of racial discrimination or that she was being sexually harassed. He said:
“The disappointing thing is she makes a lot of claims, none of them reported. The fact that it went on as she stated, for many months, but never bothered to tell anyone at management what was going on — which is what our policy says — is very disappointing. We would have liked, if those type things were in fact going on, we would have loved to have done an investigation and a review of such an allegation.”
As a biography, Mauricia Grant was born in The Bronx and is 32 years old. She was raised by her mother, who was a single parent, and she has three siblings. Mauricia graduated from Stony Brook University and worked in the entertainment industry. She quit her job and enrolled in the Brakes and Suspension course at the Automotive Training Center. She graduated from the Center with honors. She eventually got a job as a Technical Inspector and Official for NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, where she certified cars upon her hiring in January 2005 until her termination.
More photos of Mauricia Grant are below.