GOP's Capitol Hill Club hit with lawsuit alleging racial discrimination

The Capitol Hill Club, Republicans' hangout near Congress, faces a lawsuit from a former employee alleging racial discrimination.

Kim Crawford, a former 10-year assistant comptroller and manager of human resources for the club who is black, said she suffered racial discrimination on the job, in a complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The club, formally called the "National Republican Club of Capitol Hill," is a separate and distinct organization from the Republican National Committee, the club's next-door neighbor. Visitors, including party officials, are still expected to pay full price for the events hosted at the club.

Crawford alleges in the suit that she had been passed over several times for salary increases. The lawsuit also alleges that after Crawford, as the club's manager of human resources, investigated a complaint from an African-American employee who claimed he was being discriminated against, she was fired.

The suit seeks a total $3 million in compensatory and punitive damages, along with other possible rewards.

Stanley Lawson, a manager for the club who's named as an individual defendant in the lawsuit, did not immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment.

An official for the Clerk of Courts said the defendants did not yet have any counsel of record on file.

Jim Bell, an attorney for Crawford, said, "We can't wait to take this case in front of a D.C. jury. We believe that a D.C. jury would make the right decision and ensure that nothing like this happens again."

This story was updated and corrected at 8:49 p.m.