The three black women at Delco say everything was fine until the company hired a white manager who allegedly abused them.
If you live in the suburbs of Philadelphia and have had symptoms of COVID, then you’ve probably heard of 15toKnow. Popular quick test COVID company headquartered on the main line in Bryn Mawr, it had several locations in the region (and still has three) and was best suited for very accurate COVID quick tests, assuming you have the money to pay for them. But now three former 15toKnow employees have filed individual federal lawsuits against 15toKnow, accusing them of racial discrimination.
Delaware County residents Barbara Otsyina, Logan Croxton and Tamara Graham, all black women, filed lawsuits against 15toKnow in Philadelphia federal court earlier this month.
Graham, a resident of Media, says he started working at 15toKnow in Springfield, now closed in the early days of COVID testing, as a nasal swab technician and customer service representative, eventually earning a promotion at that location. in January 2021.
Otsyina, from Aston, started at Springfield 15toKnow in December 2020, also as a nasal tampon technician. Croxton, who lives in Linwood, started at about the same time and in the same position.
All three women say they did a good job and received positive reviews.
But then, in February 2021, something changed, according to the lawsuits. 15toKnow then hired a white woman named Shannon D’Ambrosio as manager, with all three applicants reporting directly to her. In their lawsuits, the women allege that D’Ambrosio made racially derogatory and discriminatory comments against employees of color, including against them.
For example, women claim that D’Ambrosio mocked some of the black employees with a false African accent when talking about them. The women also say that D’Ambrosio regularly accused black employees of being aggressive, “with a clear suggestion that all African-American women acted in this way,” according to the lawsuit.
The women claim in the process that they brought their problems with D’Ambrosio to the leadership of 15toKnow, but that the management “completely ignored” them every time. Instead of helping and relieving, women say they have received more harassment and reprisals from D’Ambrosio.
According to the lawsuits, D’Ambrosio was responsible for scheduling 15toKnow and would have reduced the hours of anyone who raised issues about her, including the women who filed the lawsuits.
In early March 2021, the three women say they were all told to go to another 15toKnow, Granite Run, even though they had previously worked exclusively at Springfield. When they got there, they realized that all or almost all of the employees at the Granite Run location that day were the ones regularly scheduled to work at Springfield 15toKnow. Those who usually worked at the Granite Run location had been sent to Springfield or elsewhere. And soon after, according to the lawsuit, all Granite Run employees were told they were fired or fired because the location was closing. Shortly afterwards, that location closed.
The lawsuit also alleges that Granite Run 15toKnow was predominantly white before this change of staff and that, after transfers, it became predominantly black, with only one white employee. The lawsuits continue to claim that the Black plaintiffs were, in fact, set up by D’Ambrosio to be dissolved. They say she played an important role in deciding who to transfer.
The women accuse 15toKnow of racial discrimination and that she did not take any action when complaints were filed. They claim unspecified compensation of at least $ 150,000 per claimant.
15toKnow, which currently operates test locations in Exton, Harrisburg and Plymouth Meeting, did not respond to requests for comment on the lawsuits. A lawyer representing the applicants declined to comment.