The leader of the nonprofit arm of the Human Rights Campaign is fired for racism


Mary Beth Maxwell was caught using a racist slur repeatedly, as it was revealed in an email sent to staff by HRC President Chad Griffin which was obtained by Politico. The email said an investigation was launched after an employee had complained about Maxwell’s use of the N-word. The preliminary findings of the investigation were found on Monday and Maxwell was suspended without pay, and the same day as the full findings were made public, she decided to quit from her post. In Griffin’s email to Maxwell was not named and was referred to using “they” pronouns and described as “a senior staff member”.The President of HRC also wrote that Maxwell did not use the term with intent to insult someone else at HRC, and said that in the first incident she “recounted an upsetting personal story in which the term was used.” He also noted that HRC will have “a formal policy on our expectations and requirements of staff in responding to or discussing hate speech”.


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