The stepmom of the former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks has been fired from her job for allegedly engaging in sexist and racist behavior. She is also being sued by the company for defamation and false light invasion of privacy.
According to the New York Post, Melissa Rolfe was told that she was under investigation a day before her stepson, Garrett Rolfe, fatally shot Brooks in June. The company received several complaints that she created an “uncomfortable and hostile working environment,” according to the lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday (Aug. 11).
She reportedly called Equity Prime Mortgage employees “savages,” “dingbats” and “f*cking b*tches” and said that one woman was only hired because of her “big boobs.” Rolfe also allegedly said that another woman who was hired “must suck d*ck really good.”
“Even worse, she engaged in blatantly racist conduct,” says the suit. She reportedly told one Black employee to “upgrade [her] standards” and stop dating Black men. According to the lawsuit, Rolfe called Black men “weak” and said, “Don’t no woman want a weak man.”
She was subsequently fired on June 18, just a few days after the fatal shooting. The lawsuit also says that she started a “smear campaign” against the company — through TV interviews and social media — stating that she was fired because her stepson was charged with murder.
“The smear campaign mobilized a furious social media mob and prompted death threats, a boycott, and enormous reputational and financial harm to [Equity Prime Mortgage],” the firm said in the suit.
The filing claims that Rolfe, along with QAnon supporter, Marjorie Taylor Greene, “knew that their smear campaign was based on a lie, but they intentionally disregarded the truth to capitalize on national attention related to Rayshard Brooks’ death.”
The company's CEO Eddy Perez says they have been “targeted with death threats, hate mail and a boycott” because of the statements Greene and Rolfe have shared on national platforms. “We are committed to setting the record straight and defending our good name,” he said. The company is seeking damages and attorney’s fees.
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