NASCAR Settles $225M Harassment Lawsuit

Former official cites racism, sex harassment
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2008 1:54 AM CST
NASCAR has settled a $225 million lawsuit filed by one of its former technical inspectors.   (AP Photo/Glenn Smith)
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(Newser) – NASCAR has settled a $225 million lawsuit brought by a black official who charged that she was the target of racial and sexual harassment, AP reports. Mauricia Grant said she was routinely subjected to lewd advances by male co-workers and dubbed "Nappy-Headed Mo" and “Queen Sheba.” The settlement terms are confidential and NASCAR has not admitted to any wrongdoing in the case.

Grant worked as a NASCAR technical inspector for more than two years before a tiff with a security guard led to her dismissal—although she claims she was fired as payback for complaining about the harassment she experienced. NASCAR also fired two officials Grant accused of exposing themselves to her, but never stated the official reason for their firing.