NASCAR Suspends Officials In Lawsuit Investigation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Two officials named in a $225 million racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against NASCAR have been placed on administrative leave for violating company policy, The Associated Press has learned.

The officials, who were not immediately identified, were sent home from Kentucky Speedway on Friday evening, a person familiar with the NASCAR investigation told the AP. The person requested anonymity because NASCAR's investigation is ongoing.

Mauricia Grant filed her suit Tuesday, alleging 23 specific incidents of sexual harassment and 34 specific incidents of racial and gender discrimination during her time as a technical inspector for NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series.

Grant, who is black, claims her October 2007 firing was retaliation for complaining about the way she was treated on the job from her January 2005 hiring.

NASCAR sent a team of investigators from its human resources and legal offices to Kentucky this weekend to interview those named in
the suit. Of 27 interviews conducted away from the track Thursday and Friday, two officials were found to have engaged in behavior that violated NASCAR policy. Their leave is indefinite, but paid.

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  • by Race Fan Location: Winchester on Jun 16, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    Hey Oh Well in Lexington-this in no way reflects on Kentucky or on our chances of landing a Cup race. This is about harassment by employees against another. NASCAR will not hold the misgivings of their own employees against the Commonwealth. They will however, police their own a bit more closely from now on. Also, don't know if anyone noticed, but the attendance at Michigan yesterday was significantly lower-30K fewer seats were filled. We may get their race, or one of Pocono's, so don't start nay saying yet!! I for one am counting on saving now for my annual season tickets to Sparta once Mr. Bruton Smith gets things settled. Cup series racing will come to Kentucky, regardless of the outcome of this pending lawsuit.
  • by oh well Location: Lexington on Jun 15, 2008 at 12:49 AM
    There goes Kentucky's chances of landing a spot in the Nextel Cup Series.


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