A former employee of the Capitol Hill Club filed a $3 million sex and race discrimination lawsuit Monday against the club and its manager.
Kim Crawford, an African-American woman, claims in her lawsuit that she did not receive a pay raise in her eight years as the club’s human resources manager while several white and Hispanic employees did.
The suit also claims Crawford was fired in retaliation in July after she reported to the club’s comptroller that the manager, Stan Lawson, had discriminated against a black acting executive chef, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
“We can’t wait to take this case in front of a D.C. jury,” said Crawford’s lawyer, Jimmy Bell. “We believe that a D.C. jury would make the right decision and ensure that nothing like this happens again.”
Neither Lawson nor the comptroller, Linda Mintz, returned requests for comment.
The watering hole at the corner of First and C streets Southeast is a well-known social club for Republicans. This is the first time that a federal lawsuit has been filed against the organization.
Reception at the Botanic Garden
House Administration Chairman Robert Brady sent letters to his colleagues inviting them to a reception honoring Members-elect.
The Nov. 17 reception will be held at the Botanic Garden and is an official part of the House’s New Member Orientation, which starts Nov. 14.
The welcome will include appetizers and desserts, and it will be open only to Members and spouses.
CRS Gets a Deputy Director
Mary Mazanec was appointed deputy director of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. She began her appointment Aug. 30.
The deputy director plays an instrumental role in overseeing the CRS’ research and analytic support to Congressional committees and Members of Congress, CRS Director Daniel Mulhollan said in a statement.
Prior to joining the CRS, Mazanec worked at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. She was also a senior adviser to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Public Health.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, right, and Annette Tilleman-Dick, left, wife for former Rep. Tom Lanots, D-Calif. Clinton was honored with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony last week at the Cannon House Office Building. Previous winners include the Dalai Lama and Elie Wiesel.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.