Congressional Democrat staffer files lawsuit over racially hostile work environment

In recent years, it has seemingly become routine for Democrats and their mainstream media allies to smear Republicans as racists. Yet, in a lawsuit filed this week, one Democratic staffer made explosive allegations against members of her own party.

Patrice Campbell serves as a constituent services representative for Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), and according to the Washington Examiner, she claims that his office is a racially hostile environment.

Campbell, a Black woman, alleged in the suit on Thursday that a supervisor named Karyn Davidman told her, “You are going to have to get a rope and put it around your neck.”

The staffer recalled being “taken aback by Davidman’s obvious reference to lynching” and replied that the remark was “inappropriate.”

Attempt to clarify?

Davidman attempted to defend her comment by insisting that she was using the term “rope” to refer to a “lanyard” for securing Campbell’s face mask. However, Campbell rejected the explanation in her legal complaint.

“Fully aware that she was targeting Plaintiff and making light of a horrific reality, Davidman even mentioned that her husband had warned her that her statement to Plaintiff was totally inappropriate,” the complaint read.

Davidman was accused of continuing her offensive behavior the following day by telling Campbell in an email to “put your face on camera please” while she recounted the incident during an office conference call.

Campbell said that her boss “laughed hysterically” as she described the incident and later said, “You should have seen your face when I told that story!”

What’s more, Campbell asserted that Davidman rarely bothered with constituent requests from Black voters. When Black constituents did come to the office, Campbell said they were invariably assigned to her.

Claims are “not complete or accurate”

However, Matt Fried, a spokesperson for Schneider’s office, disputed the characterizations of the events laid out in Campbell’s lawsuit.

In a statement provided to the Examiner, Fried insisted that “prompt and appropriate corrective action to address Ms. Campbell’s initial complaint” had been taken.

Fried went on to say that “the federal lawsuit filed by Ms. Campbell does not provide a complete or accurate representation of the issues or her treatment by any office personnel,” adding: “There is another side to the story.”

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