‘The dog doesn’t really like black people:’ Church turns away housekeeper because of a ‘racist’ German shepherd

‘The dog doesn’t really like black people:’ Church turns away housekeeper because of a ‘racist’ German shepherd

A woman alleges that the priest and parishioners of Catholic Church of Incarnation in Collierville, Tenn. denied her work due to the color of her skin. (Credit: Facebook/Catholic Church of Incarnation)

Catholic Church of the Incarnation in Collierville, Tenn. to clean the church, school and Reverend Jacek Kowal’s rectory on May 3. She was accompanied by her co-worker, Emily Weaver, who was was quitting to move to Connecticut and was introducing Allen as her replacement.’ data-reactid=”23″>LaShundra Allen, a housekeeper who is employed by Master Building Service Contractors, was sent to the Catholic Church of the Incarnation in Collierville, Tenn. to clean the church, school and Reverend Jacek Kowal’s rectory on May 3. She was accompanied by her co-worker, Emily Weaver, who was was quitting to move to Connecticut and was introducing Allen as her replacement.

Before Allen could get to work, however, the church staff stopped Allen from entering the rectory, saying that Father Jacek’s dog, a German shepherd named Ceaser, was racist.

“They said ‘I’m sorry we’re not trying to be rude but the dog doesn’t like black people… and that he was in fact racist,’” Allen wrote in a statement, provided to Yahoo Lifestyle, that she sent to the Bishop of the Diocese of Memphis, David P. Talley, following the incident.

FOX13.” data-reactid=”27″>“I didn’t even know what to say. They were acting like I was just supposed to be OK with it. Joking around with it, and I’m just like, ‘That’s not OK. You just told me you didn’t want me in your house because I’m colored skinned,'” Allen told Memphis news station FOX13.

Weaver said she was shocked at their description of Caesar’s aggressive disposition having interacted with the dog for months; she described the German Shepard as a “gentle giant.”

“I have watched Father with Caesar and he is a very well-trained dog. I never once saw any sign of aggression from Caesar,” Weaver tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “He would sit by the door and wait for me when he heard my car pull up.”

Despite Weaver’s offers to put the dog in a cage so Allen could clean the home, Father Jacek allegedly “insisted that he didn’t want [Allen] there” to his parish staff members, Allen wrote in her letter to the diocese.

However, when their statements were not addressed by Talley or Father Jacek months later, Allen knew she could not remain silent about the discrimination she faced when the priest oversaw a school and church with parishioners of color. Weaver and Allen retained an attorney who wrote a racial discrimination complaint to the Diocese of Memphis in July on their behalf, seeking a “settlement and compromise.”

“Statements that the ‘dog’ is a ‘racist’ strongly implies that perhaps the dog is not allowed to interact with anyone of color, or that the dog is allowed to act aggressively towards anyone of color,” reads a letter obtained by Yahoo Lifestyle that was sent to the attorney representing the Diocese of Memphis. “That no one allowed Ms. Weaver to introduce Ms. Allen to the dog or even crate the dog most strongly suggests that≈ and his staff did not want an African American woman cleaning his home.”

The letter suggested a reinvestigation of the incident, appropriate disciplinary action for Father Jacek and others involved in the incident, or compensatory damages.

“This could be anything from training — including training the do — or have training for the priest on what is known as implicit bias. If the priest doesn’t know why saying your dog is a racist could be considered discrimination or problematic, something needs to be addressed,” Allen’s attorney, Maureen Holland, tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

The diocese launched an investigation into the allegations at Weaver and Allen’s request, and later concluded that there was no racial discrimination as the parish staff members were trying to “prevent the cleaning company employees from being injured.”

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee against racism. “But his inaction, what does that say his stance on the whole thing? It’s pathetic.”’ data-reactid=”51″>“No dog is racist — it’s a learned behavior,” Signaigo tells Yahoo Lifestyle, adding that he expected the bishop to take the allegations of racial discrimination seriously, especially since Talley sits on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee against racism. “But his inaction, what does that say his stance on the whole thing? It’s pathetic.”

Signagio previously sent his children to the Catholic Church of Incarnation’s school and had been a parishioner of the church for years. However, after the incident, he says he and his family no longer attend the church.

Allen did not immediately reply to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment, but she told FOX 13 she is calling for Father Jacek to step down from his position at the church. Allen and Weaver are also considering taking further legal action.

FOX13. “You’re supposed to be godly. God doesn’t see color.”” data-reactid=”54″>”I really feel like they need to know it’s not right. It’s not OK for them to do that to people of color,” Allen told FOX13. “You’re supposed to be godly. God doesn’t see color.”

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