Lawyers for the Jewish firm that hired an African American employee for an executive position at the company are asking a judge to order the firm to pay him back his $4,500 salary.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., attorney Daniel L. Pacholik and three of his partners contend that their client is entitled to legal compensation because of his employment with the firm.
Lately, the firm has hired an associate to help the African American woman with her job duties, but the suit claims she is the sole employee of the firm, which is run by former President Donald Trump.
The suit also alleges that the African-American woman complained to the company’s HR department about her lack of promotion opportunities in recent months and has filed multiple complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Pacholík, who was hired by the firm in November, has said the African woman did not ask for or receive preferential treatment for her job, the lawsuit says.
According to the suit, Pachólík said he met with the African female in his office on Monday to discuss the matter and that she “said she was uncomfortable” with the way she was treated by the company.
The attorney told the Washington Examiner that he believes the African man had an “unprecedented” level of discrimination against him because of race and that he was told to “keep my mouth shut.”
The suit alleges that Pachlílíck also told the African male that “the African American male has the ability to make things better and that if I did something differently, that would be unacceptable and that I shouldn’t complain about it,” the suit said.
In an interview, Picholik said he did not know if the African employee had received any job offers and that the firm was trying to work out an “amicable solution.”