A black former contestant on “The Biggest Loser” was harassed over her weight and race at her job with Comerica Bank, according to a lawsuit.
Carla Triplett alleged in the suit filed Tuesday that managers at a Detroit-area Comerica branch ridiculed her for exercising during down times at work and made fun of her after the seventh season of NBC’s weight-loss reality show, Courthouse News Service reported.
Her manager, who once filmed a video of her doing squats and passed it around the office, paved the way for her to be fired in July 2014, according to the lawsuit. He also often made derogatory comments about her race, such as telling Triplett she scared customers, the suit said.
The banking center manager told her “that she was intidating and made people uncomfortable or afraid because she was a tall, large African-American woman,” according to the lawsuit. He also made frequent comments about how she listens to rap music, the suit said.
Triplett lost 128 pounds during her time on the TV show in 2009. Yet her prior manager greeted her with an insult after asking her to remove her coat to see the results, according to the suit.
The manager “offensively commented that (Triplett) was not skinny,” the lawsuit said.
Triplett is seeking a judgment and damages totaling over $50,000. Representatives for Comerica didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
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