A Jamaican woman has sued her former employer in the United States, for discrimination and workplace harassment.
The woman, Cammesa Plummer filed the suit in July, after being fired.
She was sacked after being accused by co-workers of practicing voodoo and black magic.
Cammesa Plummer is suing her former employers Cablevision Systems, for violating New Jersey law ensuring a discrimination free environment.
The 16-page action notes that several of Plummer’s co-workers belittled her culture and attacked her religious beliefs, by mis-characterizing her practice of New Age Christianity as witchcraft and sorcery.
She alleges that the discrimination got so bad that a pregnant co-worker accused her of working voodoo on her baby.
Plummer was hired in 2007 as a sales agent.
The Jamaican excelled in her first three years at Cablevision, receiving both a pay rise and an award for excellent job performance.
However in late 2010, remarks about Plummer’s supposed practice of voodoo became prevalent.
A manager allegedly walked up to her desk claiming she brought voodoo and the devil into office.
The lawsuit says things only escalated after she complained, with one co-worker going as far as bringing a Bible into the office, promising to burn the book if Plummer touched it.
It also alleges that a practice developed at Cablevision, to blame any unlucky or unusual occurrences on Ms. Plummer, as if she had caused such events through the practice of black magic.
Plummer says her tormentors also attempted to disparage her reputation with new colleagues and employees in other departments, telling them to stay away from her because she practiced voodoo.
Deeply hurt and intensely offended by the stereotypes, Plummer says she appealed to Cablevision executives to put an end to the discriminatory comments.
She claims to have been met with indifference.
The Jamaican is seeking unspecified damages for wrongful retaliation and for violations of New Jersey state laws against workplace hostility and discrimination on the basis of race, national origin and creed.