A Jewish lawyer who was called a “racist” and a “Karen” by her colleagues won more than $170,000 in a discrimination suit that alleged antisemitic harassment.
A taxpayer-backed Bronx law firm called The Bronx Defenders was forced to issue an apology and a $170,000 settlement for alleged discrimination against a Zionist Jewish staffer, according to the New York Post.
The Bronx Defenders reportedly admitted to no lawful wrongdoing in the confidential settlement.
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“You may remember that I was called a racist, a colonizer and a karen [slang for entitled White person], and I was told that I was worse than the dirt under your feet and that my children were murderers,” former The Bronx Defenders staffer Debbie Jonas said in an email Wednesday to The Bronx Defenders employees to inform them about the outcome of the settlement.
Jonas, who worked at The Bronx Defenders for eight years, has children with dual citizenship in Israel and the U.S. who have served in the Israel Defense Forces.
“I was cursed and badgered until I could no longer stand the hostility,” Jonas said.
Shannon Cumberbatch, the managing director of people, equity and institutional transformation, sent out an email partly blasting Israel during the ongoing dispute with Palestinians in Gaza. Her email, which was addressed to her “anti-oppression team,” compared the situation to “sanctioned genocide” against Blacks and Native Americans in America.
“The present reality of the displacement, disenfranchisement and military violence happening abroad is reminiscent of the settler colonialism, state violence