Philadelphia-area psychologist Philadelphia-area psychiatrist Philadelpha, Pa., has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging she was fired from a job she had been running for years because she was black.
Samantha T. Williams, 40, sued the team and its owners, the Phillies, in state court on Monday, saying her job performance was affected by her race.
Williams alleged she was told to change her hair and skin color in the name of “diversity.”
The lawsuit said Williams was terminated after she refused to remove her makeup from the team bus after the first game in 2013.
Williams’ attorneys said the decision to fire her was not based on her race, but rather her behavior, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Williams worked for the Phillies as a psychologist for five years, but was demoted in 2014 after she became a woman.
She said she was demeaned and bullied by teammates who saw her as a woman who had not made the team.
In the lawsuit, Williams said her supervisors were told Williams’ race was a “problem” and that she had a reputation for being unprofessional.
The suit said the discrimination and retaliation caused her to suffer emotional distress and depression.