Harvard Businessman Jillian Romm is facing charges for allegedly discriminating against Black women.
According to court documents, Romm’s employer hired a Black female to work as a sales associate, but Romm allegedly made it clear she would only hire Black women if they could do “things like dress appropriately and look like the stereotypical Black women.”
According to the lawsuit filed in Federal Court, the Black woman allegedly told Romm that she didn’t feel comfortable wearing a dress or shoes that were too “black” in a company setting.
Ress also allegedly told her that she would not be hired if she could not “make a sale.””
I’m just trying to help you, not yours,” she allegedly told the woman.
Ress also allegedly told her that she would not be hired if she could not “make a sale.”
The lawsuit alleges that Romm used her position of power to deny Black women the opportunity to be part of the company.
The woman claims that Ress’ actions caused her to lose her job.
The lawsuit also claims that in February 2016, Ress refused to hire a Black male to work in the sales office.
According to the complaint, Roms actions also led to the termination of the Black female.
“Black women in the workplace have historically experienced discrimination, including being fired, harassed and even physically assaulted,” the lawsuit states.
Romm has pleaded not guilty to the charges. “
‘If you don’t like it, leave,’ ‘you’re just not fit,'” Romm reportedly told the Black employee.
Romm has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
“Harvard Businesswomen Jillian and Steve Romm, both Ivy League graduates, are facing discrimination charges for violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, a law that protects people from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, or sexual orientation,” The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts said in a statement.
“Harvard has a long and proud tradition of advancing the civil rights of its students and employees, and we will defend this case vigorously.”