A former federal prosecutor who served as Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly’s NYPD special counsel claims she was forced out of her job by a leading security company because she stood up for an African-American colleague against racial discrimination.
Katherine Lemire hit Michael Stapleton Associates with a lawsuit Tuesday, claiming the company’s actions drove her to resign.
The Daily News reports:
Lemire, who was president of MSA Investigations until she quit last month, says she went to bat for Chanissa Green after MSA Vice President of Operations Joe Atherall warned the human resources assistant to not wear her hair in braids.
“When someone like me … sees someone with a style like that, we think ghetto – not professional,” Green reported that Atherall said, according to Lemire’s Manhattan federal court lawsuit. “I’ll tell you what’s beautiful: my daughter, with blond hair and blue eyes.”
It doesn’t end there. Lemire says MSA honchos, including company chairman George Harvey, “whitewashed” a discrimination probe and fired another employee over his handling of the investigation.
Harvey’s response? He says:
“MSA categorically denies that Ms. Lemire was subjected to any retaliation. The complaint … is full of inaccurate and baseless allegations … The company intends to vigorously defend this case.”