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SEC Lawyer’s Racial Bias Suit Claims Boss Targeted At-Home Work, Saw Leave as Vacation

Posted Mar 24, 2011 7:43 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer claims in a racial harassment lawsuit that her former supervisor subjected her to more scrutiny than co-workers and made disparaging remarks.

Ronesha Butler, senior counsel in the Office of Market Supervision, filed the racial discrimination suit on Wednesday in federal court in Washington, D.C., according to The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times.

Butler claims her then-supervisor, Nancy Burke-Sanow, refused to give her a pay raise even though she got the same merit rating as lawyers who did get increases. She also alleges Burke-Sano retaliated by taking away work and excluding her from meetings and emails.

According to the BLT, the suit alleges that Burke-Sanow:

• Required Butler to fill out daily leave requests during her four-month maternity leave.

• Told colleagues that Butler was “on an extended last-minute vacation” when she took a leave to care for her ailing mother.

• Questioned whether Butler was actually working when she was telecommuting.

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