According to the New York Post, a Manhattan financier and his wife hired a nanny for their new baby — sight unseen — and now they’re being sued.
Giselle Maurice, a 44-year-old experienced child caretaker and African American woman, showed up for her first day on the job back in 2016 at the home of Joel Plasco and Lynsey Plasco-Flaxman, a Tribeca couple and parents of two.
That’s when things went awry:
Wow. Racists fire black babysitter because she discovered they were racist. Lynsey Plasco-Flaxman accidentally texts a racist comment intended to her husband (a top guy at Dalmore Group in NY) to the babysitter, fires because it will be “uncomfortable.” https://t.co/sN5v2KqIIB
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) September 29, 2018
Plasco-Flaxman, apparently unnerved by the new nanny, tried to send a text message to her husband:
NOOOOOOOOOOO ANOTHER BLACK PERSON.
Instead, that text went to the new nanny Maurice — TWICE.
When she finally realized that she’d outed her discriminatory ways to Maurice, Plasco-Flaxman immediately terminated the child care worker, saying she felt “uncomfortable.”
Her excuse, according to the Post:
She said that their outgoing nanny was African-American and had done a bad job — and that they were expecting a Filipino.
Folks on Twitter responded to the Plascos’ ridiculous explanation:
Good morning to everybody except Lynsey Plasco-Flaxman. https://t.co/vn0Luc3aNK
— Debbie Jellinsky ⚰ (@kerryjeanlister) September 30, 2018
“When she realized the gaffe, Plasco-Flaxman immediately fired the experienced caretaker, saying she felt ‘uncomfortable.’” So Plasco-Flaxman felt uncomfortable… I wonder how the nanny felt? https://t.co/fUwxWiAYI6
— Akilah Rosado (@MizRosado) September 30, 2018
“[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 …bank, told The Post on Friday.
YES YOU ARE.
— Ellen Datlow (@EllenDatlow) September 29, 2018
Don’t worry guys, per the husband, “she’s not racist…we’re not racist people.”
Obviously nothing to see here.
— DonkeyKick (@ResistDonaldNow) September 29, 2018
They were worried about leaving their children in the hands of the nanny? They were the ones texting racist stuff. I'm worried about the kids being raised by them.
— President of Nambia (@globalerica) September 29, 2018
The Plascos maintain they are “not racists” and don’t owe the nanny any money because there was no contract. The couple called the suit “extortion.”
And, of course, her husband says she didn’t mean it:
But she sent the text TWICE!!! So obviously she meant EVERY SINGLE WORD!
— Denise (@dhaywood99) September 30, 2018
Yes, and hubby says she didn’t mean to say it and she’s not racist.
— Leslie Cohig Gura (@5280high) September 30, 2018
Racists are going to be very lonely come the election 2018 & 2020
— suembwalker (D) (@smbwalker64) September 29, 2018
Some questioned how concerned a mother could be if she hired a nanny without ever meeting her first:
Who would hire a nanny without meeting her first????
— Joanne (@bensmomjo54) September 29, 2018
And playing the victim card didn’t seem to be going over well online for the Plascos, either:
Yes the racists are the victims. This mess is every where. Do something morally reprehensible and get outraged like you are the victim? Nope. You don’t get to be the victim.
— Kim Witsell (@thankfulgirl) September 29, 2018
And then there was this comment: “…they’re known for their ability to care for children.” This is 2018, people.
That's so weird. Even back in the Jim Crow South (known for being more than a little racist), Black women raised everybody's children, including their own. It's a stereotype, but…they're known for their ability to care for children.
— Janet F Grau (@janetfgrau) September 29, 2018
The Post says 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.
Maybe the Plascos just needed a little help with the definition of racist:
Not wanting to hire any black people because you had a bad experience with one black person, is the definition of racism. Not to mention their preference for “a Filipino”.
But no, they're not racist at all.
— Eric B (@RickeyRat) October 1, 2018
Here’s some decent advice:
Joel Plasco needs to write the check for $63,000 plus another for attorney's fees, and shut the hell up.
— M R Williams (@MaryRWilliams4) September 29, 2018