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'Housewife' to Ex-Employee: You're the REAL Racist!

6/15/2011 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Real Housewives of NYC" star Cindy Barshop is firing back at an ex-employee, who said she was canned because she's black -- claiming the employee is the REAL racist ... and it's killing business.

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Barshop filed the suit today in NY on behalf of her spa company Completely Bare -- claiming ex-employee Altovise Collier wasn't fired because she's black ... she was fired because she sucked at her job.

Barshop then turns the tables on Collier, accusing HER of being the real racist -- "In an effort to mask her own deficient work performance and serial on the job screw-ups, Collier, in a racist fashion, asserts that her race, national origin and skin color were the basis for her termination."

Barshop claims Collier only worked for CB for two and a half months -- and was fired over "disciplinary and other work performance problems, including client complaints."

Collier originally sued Barshop last week -- claiming she was the target of racial discrimination in the workplace.

But according to Barshop, Collier's suit is nothing more than a "defamatory campaign" to ruin her professional reputation -- and she wants at least $5,000,000 to settle the score.


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76.

Tom Cruise    

She was Black when she was hired....News Flash if your going to try and play the race card guess what? Your the racist.

1134 days ago
77.

Triston    

to all you dumb ppl on here that said if barshop was racist and why would she hire her b/c it wouldn't be good for business if she didn't hire a minority. The girl was probably the only black person working there. They do this in the job world all the time. You would never be black so you would never understand.

1134 days ago
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Darla    

This is to "ed" that comment about blacks sucking at there jobs just shows you have race issues yourself. Love how people make nasty comments and hide who they are.You would not have the guts to walk up to someone and say that to their face.

1134 days ago
79.

llini    

The amount of racism in the comments on this board is disgusting. Sometimes it's better to shut up least you expose your own ingorance and bigotry. Unless you were sewn into the lining of her clothes while she was working for this annoying woman who is NOT a housewife you need to sit down and shut up. Do not judge people who happen to be the same color by the actions of one person who is of that color. I also don't see why people can not call themselves African-American if they want to when people have not been to Ireland jump around making fools of themselves on ST Patricks day.

1134 days ago
80.

Blackman    

Wooooowwww!!!!

Some of these comments are just over the top. The stereotypical comments that are being made on here are true indications that racism is still very much alive in this country/world.
comments like:
(Stiletto) "I'd love to wave a magic wand and have every minority wake up tomorrow and realize there is no racism anymore. The look on their faces when they realize their poverty, lack of skills and education, their stalled (or never begun) careers, their 3 brats from 3 fathers, their garnished wages for child support, their lack of light at the end of the tunnel...was all created by THEMSELVES."

Comments like these are the reasons we have laws to protect people against racial discrimination in the work place.

I am a small business owner, Father (2 kids), Husband (married to my kids mother :-), no chlid support, and educated (currently working towards my grad degree in finance @ Rutgers University).
As a blackman in my mid 30's i can say that I don't think it is as bad as it was 20-30 yrs go but it still does exist and is still a problem. Whether its latent thoughts or hidden behind a pc. IT IS STILL A PROBLEM FOR MOST BLACKS IN THIS COUNTRY..

1134 days ago
81.

Are you as stupid as your comment?    

LMAO @ all of the white people making racist comments to PROVE THAT RACISM NO LONGER EXISTS... keep it up ****ots... you're reaaallly proving your point. : /

1134 days ago
82.

Darla    

This is to "ed" your comment makes you sound like you have some race issues. Maybe you should go to a black person and tell them that to their face instead of hiding behind your comments.

1134 days ago
83.

Louise    

Sounds like a lot of racist talk on this post, to me.

1134 days ago
84.

Niicole    

I agree with the hiring comment as well as "I hate how you give ppl always use the race card. I cannot stand it. PPl are dumb no matter what race they are, end of subject." You just proved that fact by saying you people.....yup ur sharp as marbles

1134 days ago
85.

Niicole    

Racism doesn't exist? Go back and read these comments. Racism exists on both sides blacks and whites to think that it's been magically abolished is pure idiocy..... btw ur stereotypes fit whites as well.

1134 days ago
86.

lindsey    

i worked for miss cindy barshop... she is a crazy women... she is a BULLIE!!!!! i would always catch her in a lie!!!!!! when asking cindy barshop, question???? make sure she is wired up to a lie dector... it will blow up??????

1134 days ago
87.

lindsey    

why would u pay someone in cash?????

1134 days ago
88.

Scudrunner51    

People, STOP!!! In an employment when a worker isn't doing their job the manager takes them aside to discuss with them the problem then, telling the employee that the conversation is noted & placed in their file. After 1 month if the problem is still there then a verbal warning is given & this too is goes in the file. If the situation continues the person is written up & that is filed & any further action will result in Termination! No 'Race Card' could change the decision!

1134 days ago
89.

idiotbuster    

Why am i not surprised at these comments on this message board. RACISM is indeed a live and well! All of those who have generalized and stereotyped an entire population of people just because of the color of their skin proves that racism is still a very big problem in this country. In most cases these days it manifests itself in very subtle ways. A manager, taking the white person under their wing, grooming and mentoring them, while the minority is left to fend for themselves. In meetings the minority person has an idea that no seems to hear until his white counterpart paraphrases the same idea...then it's brilliant, and he gets the credit for it. This country was built on genocide perpetuated by racism. After many centuries, racism does exist...maybe not so much in the form of blatant acts...but in the form of WHITE SKIN PRIVILEGE.

1134 days ago
90.

mmac31    

To the comment that most black ppl are lazy, it's just a handful that make it bad for others. No it is not right to play that card by the sounds of this she probably is or maybe she messed up and then all hell broke loose. White ppl do show their true colors when they can't get what they want. Since the beginning of time. I'm a hard worker, married to the same black man for ten years (who is a successful business owner, three children together which are ours together, never begged, borrowed, or stole from anyone to get over. All those negative comments about "most" black ppl can be put to rest because ignorance is in every race including self -hatred white people. Sorry for the run-on sentences get so mad at negative people of any color.

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