The $225 million lawsuit filed by a former NASCAR inspector against the stock-car racing organization has been settled. The suit, which was filed in June of last year, was settled during mediation in December. As part of the agreement to settle the suit, which was filed by Mauricia Grant, the terms of the settlement are confidential. Ms. Grant, who is black, alleged in her suit that she had been subjected to racial discrimination and sexual harassment during the almost three racing seasons she worked for NASCAR.
Ms. Grant, who worked as a technical inspector in the Nationwide series, listed 23 instances of alleged sexual harassment and 36 instances of alleged racial and gender discrimination in her complaint. She said she was subject to sexual advances — which included indecent exposure — and lewd jokes and was called racially insensitive names by other NASCAR employees. But NASCAR claimed that Ms. Grant never filed complaints to superiors about the alleged behavior of other employees toward her and that she filed suit only after she was fired.
However, Ms. Grant said that she complained to series director Joe Balash but did not press her complaints to the NASCAR human resources department after Balash failed to act on her claims. In October 2007, Ms. Grant was fired by NASCAR for reasons never explained. After the filing of the lawsuit by Grant in June, NASCAR officials investigated her claims. In the wake of that investigation, two NASCAR employees — whom Ms. Grant said exposed themselves to her — were suspended and later fired. Interestingly, NASCAR has not explained why they were fired.
Source: Kansas City Star
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