Lynsey Plasco-Flaxman was horrified when her nanny service sent her an experienced caregiver with black skin back in 2016. Having just parted ways with her previous child care professional, who’d also been African American, the new mom had been rooting for a Filipina replacement.
Plasco-Flaxman attempted to express her disappointment in a quick, all-caps text to her husband, Manhattan banker Joel Plasco.
(Plasco-Flaxman) fired off a text message saying, “NOOOOOOOOOOO ANOTHER BLACK PERSON.”
She was so upset by this development, she sent the text twice. Unfortunately, she didn’t notice that she wasn’t messaging her husband—she was actually sending it to the “black person” herself. As soon as Plasco-Flaxman realized her error, Giselle Maurice, now 44, was promptly fired, paid for one day’s work, and sent home in an Uber.
That’s right—after getting caught being super racist to her new hire, Plasco-Flaxman punished the recipient of her accidental bigotry.
And now she’s being sued for discrimination.
Maurice is suing the couple for discrimination and seeking compensation for wages she says she was promised — $350-a-day for a six-month live-in gig.
“[I want] to show them, look, you don’t do stuff like that,” Maurice told The New York Post Friday.
“I know it’s discrimination.”
The defendants, of course, were quick to bend logic to explain why Maurice lost her job for Plasco-Flaxman’s bigoted blunder.
(T)he family says their actions were reasonable, arguing they couldn’t trust Maurice after offending her.
“[My wife] had sent her something that she didn’t mean to say. She’s not a racist. We’re not racist people,” Plasco, co-chairman of the Dalmore Group investment bank, told The Post on Friday.
“But would you put your children in the hands of someone you’ve been rude to, even if it was by mistake? Your newborn baby? Come on.”
The logic of course, is baffling; it also ignores the fact that for that text to even be sent (twice), Plasco-Flaxman had already decided not to “trust” Maurice as soon as she walked in the door, based solely on her race.
Maurice, who sought mediation before filing the lawsuit, remains quite confused by the family’s assumption that she’d do bad things to their child because the parents had wronged her.
“This is my reputation. Why would I do something to a baby?” she said.
Proud papa Plasco, meanwhile, equates the lawsuit with “extortion,” and claims that he doesn’t have “millions of dollars laying around.” That shouldn’t really be a problem, though, since Maurice isn’t actually seeking that kind of money.
Nonetheless, Plasco is already painting himself—and his wife who doesn’t know how to text—as the victims.
“My wife was two months off having a baby, suffering from a very difficult situation. You’re going to go after someone like that? That’s not a very nice thing to do.”
Does this guy really want to debate who did the “very nice” thing here?
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