A black nanny is suing a white couple for blatant discrimination after accidentally being sent a racist text by her then-employer.
After nanny Giselle Maurice met with Lynsey Plasco-Flaxman to start work as her live in nanny, Plasco-Flaxman wanted to let her husband know she was displeased with the Maurice being black, but accidentally sent the text to Maurice and not her husband.
“NOOOOOOOOOOO ANOTHER BLACK PERSON,” the text read. Obviously embarrassed, the mother-of-two fired Maurice saying she felt uncomfortable. Now, she has been hit with a lawsuit.
“[I want] to show them, look, you don’t do stuff like that,” Maurice told The New York Post. “I know it’s discrimination.”
Maurice is suing for the compensation she was promised, $350 a day to be a live-in nanny for six months.
Joel Plasco is arguing that his wife wasn’t wrong for firing Maurice because after sending such an awful text, there was no way they could trust her with their children.
“[My wife] had sent her something that she didn’t mean to say. She’s not a racist. We’re not racist people,” Plasco told The Post. “But would you put your children in the hands of someone you’ve been rude to, even if it was by mistake? Your newborn baby? Come on.”
Plasco, who is the co-chairman of the Dalmore Group investment bank, went on to make excuses for his wife’s behavior and said he feels Maurice is trying to extort him for money.
“I’m not someone who has millions of dollars lying around to just pay off people that are coming after me for extortion. My wife was two months off having a baby, suffering from a very difficult situation. You’re going to go after someone like that? That’s not a very nice thing to do.”
You know what’s not a nice thing to do? Be a racist. But I digress.
Maurice said she would have never harmed their baby and would have remained professional if she wasn’t fired.
“This is my reputation,” she said. “Why would I do something to a baby? 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 tried to do mediation but when they didn’t work out, she filed a lawsuit. Plasco claims there was no contract signed, so he and his wife don’t owe her anything.