Look, we all know the stereotypes about NASCAR culture being built upon a foundation of racism and sexism, but we also know that they're just stereotypes and many if not most NASCAR fans and the people who make the sport possible don't fit the prescribed mold. That's why it's unfortunate to hear about allegations levied by Mauricia Grant, a former official for NASCAR, who is accusing her ex-employers of racial and sexual harassment in a $250 million lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court. Grant alleges she was fired last November for complaining about the way in which she was treated on the job, which included being called racially charged names and even having certain male body parts being exposed in her presence. Grant also claims that when she complained about her treatment, she was told to deal with because she worked with a lot of "military men". And the suit is apparently not directed at any single individual, but the whole lot of good 'ol boys who run NASCAR as officials and supervisors. Crazy stuff, and if true we hope that NASCAR can finally purge itself of these people who only serve to reinforce the motorsport's negative stereotypes.

[Source: WBIR via Winding Road]


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