Woman's Lawsuit Seeks At Least $15M From NAACP, Former Boss

Woman's Lawsuit Seeks At Least $15M From NAACP, Former Boss

5:09pm Feb 03, 2020
In this Sept. 25, 2019 file photo, Jazmyne Childs, center, cries during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., as she describes the sexual harassment she says she endured while employed by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP. (AP Photo/Martha Waggoner, File)

A woman who repeatedly told the national NAACP that her supervisor in the North Carolina conference had sexually harassed her is suing the national group and the ex-supervisor.

In a lawsuit filed Monday, Jazmyne Childs is seeking at least $15 million for her emotional and mental distress that she says the civil rights organization condoned through its inaction. 

The lawsuit also names the Rev. Curtis Gatewood, who was her supervisor when she worked at the state conference office in Durham in 2017.

The NAACP suspended Gatewood's membership after Childs held a news conference in September.

The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages and punitive damages on each of three claims: battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

NAACP officials and Gatewood did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Associated Press.  Attorneys for Childs declined comment on the lawsuit.

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