Today’s big news: Former NASCAR technical inspector Mauricia Grant filed suit against the auto racing league for sexual and racial harassment, discrimination and retaliation, seeking $225 million dollars. According to Grant’s complaint, she was referred to as "Nappy Headed Mo" and "Queen Sheba" by co-workers, was often told she worked on "colored people time" and was frightened by one official who routinely made references to the Ku Klux Klan. In addition, Grant said she was subjected to sexual advances from male co-workers, two of whom allegedly exposed themselves to her, and graphic and lewd jokes. Two weeks after Grant complained about this treatment, she was terminated.
If Grant’s claims have merit, she’s certainly entitled to just compensation. But whenever I see a plaintiff ask for huge sums of money (and for an employment case, $225 million is "huge"), this is the image it conjures in my mind.