UTICA, N.Y. – The attorney for Vincent Scalise, the executive director of the Utica Center for Development, has responded to a lawsuit claiming Scalise made racist comments to a Black former employee.
Ke’Airah Parker filed a lawsuit alleging her former employer made discriminatory comments about her hair and nails, and created a hostile workplace. She also claims she was fired three days after making an internal complaint.
Scalise's attorney, Theresa Rusnak, says “We do not believe there is any merit to Ms. Parker’s allegations, and we look forward to the truth coming out in court.”
Parker’s attorney says the most serious allegation is the wrongful termination, and it's rare to see a claim for retaliatory discharge that's this "loud."
Scalise told NEWSChannel 2 Parker was let go because she was a “sub-standard” employee.
Scalise’s attorney has not yet filed a formal response to the lawsuit.