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Former Employee Sues State Treasurer Fiona Ma for Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination

A former employee is suing California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, alleging sexual harassment and wrongful termination, The Sacramento Bee reports.

Attorneys filed the complaint in Sacramento Superior Court last week on behalf of Judith Blackwell, the executive director of the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.

Blackwell alleges that Ma exposed her backside to Blackwell when they shared a hotel room, CBS Sacramento reports. In May 2020, she says that Ma climbed into her bed at an Airbnb while she was trying to sleep, The Sacramento Bee reports.

“Plaintiff felt the work environment to be hostile as she felt her employment was contingent on her accepting Defendant Ma’s sexual advances,” attorney Waukeen McCoy wrote in the complaint, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Blackwell also says Ma gave her gifts like jewelry and edible marijuana products.

According to The Sacramento Bee reports Blackwell had a stroke in September 2020. She returned to work two months later, where she alleges that Ma made her work through the night, giving her enough work for two people.

Blackwell, who is Black, was fired in January and believes she was replaced by a “less qualified Caucasian female.”

Ma denied the allegations in an email to The Sacramento Bee. She said her representation has refused to respond to the attorney’s attempts to settle.

“I am saddened and disappointed by these baseless claims,” Ma wrote. “I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support I’ve received today. To set the record straight, we have repeatedly refused to respond to the attorney’s attempts to settle. We look forward to bringing the truth to light in court.”

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  1. Here is an aspect of Asian Hate all too prevalent in the public sector work place. Asian managers are accused of racial discrimination by other employees of color. Why shouldn’t they? Upper white management are sympathetic to minority complainants because it is politically correct and gratuitous to appear to stand up for them. They get to be the heroes and think they will not suffer any consequences from the Asian “compliant” and “lesser” Asian managers.
    I have suffered this situation in my job with BART. After two years and three newspaper articles, the court found no cause in one case and in the second case, the plaintiff was charged with filing a frivolous law suit and was required to pay for all court fees. I and an Asian supervisor and a white manager were physically threatened by a group of Black Muslims dressed in combat gear on the BART premises. Nothing was done to identify the culprits or prevent them from coming again. Death threats left on voicemail was ignored by upper management and bullets delivered to the workplace were “lost” in BART police evidence storage facilities. Luckily an Asian staff attorney was assigned to the case and we prevailed in court. But without repercussions to the aggressors.

    Fiona Ma is a competent manager and a good person. While I am certain Ms. Ma is innocent, the personal tow it takes to fight spurious accusations as in her case, are enormous. Not to mention the negative impact on Ms. Ma’s credibility and public standing.

    Everybody needs to stand up and do the right thing.

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