Saturday, June 11, 2011

Cindy Barshop Slapped With Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Well, anyone watching RHONYC this season can see how much of a bug Cindy has up her ass, but who knew that besides catty 'Housewives' she doesn't like black people either?
That's some rough spa treatment.

"Real Housewives of New York City" prima donna Cindy Barshop -- who owns "Completely Bare" spas -- was slapped with a discrimination complaint yesterday by a former employee who claims she was tormented and fired because she is black.

Barshop and about 50 other employees gave Altovise Collier, 25, a verbal dressing-down when she started working at the Fifth Avenue flagship shop in March, according to the state Division of Human Rights filing.

Collier, a state-licensed aesthetician, applied online and was interviewed by phone. She said her employers did not know the color of her skin until her first day of work.

"They were very impressed with me -- until they saw me," said a tearful Collier, of Brooklyn, who relocated from Atlanta to take the job. "I was treated like trash and thrown in the gutter, damn near sleeping in the streets."

Collier, who said she was the only black beautician at the store, claims Barshop underpaid her, forking over only about half of her $700 weekly salary.

Also, Collier was paid in cash, and since she had no pay stub, she couldn't lease or rent an apartment or room. Instead, she slept on friends' couches, she said.

Co-workers repeatedly joked that Collier was hired only to "inject some color" into the spa because the chain was going national, she said.

"Everyone treated me badly, like I was in some sort of sorority hazing," said Collier.

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