A New York couple is headed to court after a woman claims racism was at the root of her termination after one day of employment two years ago.
According to the New York Post, Giselle Maurice accepted an offer to care for the two children of banker Joel Plasco and his wife Lynsey Plasco-Flaxman.
Upon realizing the new employee was black, Plasco-Flaxman allegedly wrote a racist text she intended to share with her husband but instead sent it to the nanny she had been disparaging. Adding further insult, Maurice claims she received the same message from Plasco-Flaxman a short time later.
“NOOOOOOOOOOO ANOTHER BLACK PERSON,” the mother allegedly wrote.
According to the lawsuit, Maurice claims her new employer promptly fired her in the wake of the errant text. Plasco-Flaxman allegedly said she felt “uncomfortable” with the nanny continuing to work for her family.
Reports indicate the 44-year-old mother subsequently complained about the performance of a previous nanny, who was African-American, and said the couple had expected the replacement would be from the Philippines.
Maurice now says she is not trying to get rich off of the experience but wants to send a message along with her request for lost wages.
“I know it’s discrimination,” she said, claiming the couple paid her for one day’s work — $350 — and arranged for her ride home.
Plasco, however, is defending the decision, as well as his wife’s reputation.
Plasco-Flaxman sent Maruice “something that she didn’t mean to say,” her husband said.
“She’s not a racist,” he said. “We’re not racist people.”
The couple believed that firing the new nanny was the only reasonable option they had at the time, Plasco said.
“But would you put your children in the hands of someone you’ve been rude to, even if it was by mistake?” he asked. “Your newborn baby? Come on.”
That rationalization further offended Maurice, who said her profession is her “reputation” and she would never take out any feelings she might have about the text on the children for whom she is hired to care.
“I was willing to work with her and prove her wrong, but it was her conscience, and she couldn’t work with me anymore,” Maurice said.
Plasco remained defiant, though, calling the lawsuit “extortion” and claiming that his wife was “suffering from a very difficult situation” after the birth of their youngest child at the time she sent the objectionable message.
[Featured image: Lynsey Plasco-Flaxman and Joel Plasco, Giselle Maurice/Facebook]