White Managers Allegedly Perform Cleansing Ceremony on African American Employee to Make her More Like Them.


Employee files lawsuit against Media Station Apartments.

Jacquelyn, an African American Woman began working as a Assistant Property Manager on November 8, 2017, for Media Station Apartments. According to her,  she was subjected to severe and pervasive race-based discriminatory treatment shortly after starting.

She was allegedly subjected to  comments such as “This property is not ready for a black manager”, and was then demoted to a Leasing Agent. She was told her voice sounded “too ethnic” and she should try and “sound more like us (White managers)”.  According to Jacquelyn, the race-based discrimination went as far as two of her white managers taking her into an empty apartment and performing a “spiritual cleanse” to make her “pure” and make Plaintiff more like them.

According to Jacquelyn, she was even subjected to pervasive and discriminatory treatment from a white male Maintenance Manager. He would allegedly send her text messages expressing racially offensive memes and asking her if she had been shot. Jacquelyn alleges this same manager asked her if it was true all black people ate chicken and watermelon. The Maintenance Manager also is claimed to have expressed his disbelief over America electing a black president and nicknamed her “Coco” because he claimed she smelled like cocoa butter.

Per Jacquelyn, when she went to the management staff about the inappropriate nature of their actions and comments, her commission payments began to be denied. On or about May 16, 2018, Jacquelyn claims she complained to several management-level employees about this discriminatory behavior, which resulted in a job termination approximately nine days later.

Jacquelyn suspects Media Station Apartments terminated her due to her race, and retaliated against her for bringing to light there discriminatory actions against her.

Full text of this complaint, as filed with District Court of Pennsylvania, is available at docket no: 2:18-cv-05052-JD

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For more information about this case, contact Attorney Jonathan Chase at 215-475-3504 or jwc@lawkm.com

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