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Cash Payments? Hazing? Inside the Discrimination Suit Against The Real Housewives of New York City’s Cindy Barshop

June 11, 2011 09:34 PM by Shayla Perry

As the newest addition to the cast of Bravo‘s Real Housewives of New York City, Cindy Barshop has already been accused of starting drama over everything from hangers to saved seats. But now, the entrepreneur and mom-of-two is facing some pretty tough allegations. A former employee of Completely Bare spas has slapped the Housewife with a law suit, claiming she was racially discriminated against by her co-workers and Barshop herself.

Altovise Collier, 25, has filed a discrimination suit against The Real Housewives of New York City‘s Cindy Barshop, declaring that she was tormented and then wrongfully terminated because she’s black.

According to Collier, a state-licensed aesthetician, after applying online and being interviewed by phone, she was hired to work at Completely Bare.

“They were very impressed with me — until they saw me,” says a tearful Collier, who moved from Atlanta to Brooklyn to take the job at the upscale spa. “I was treated like trash and thrown in the gutter, damn near sleeping in the streets.”

The only black beautician, Collier says that Barshop underpaid her, only giving her half of her $700/week salary, and paying her in cash. Without a pay stub, Altovise claims that she was unable to lease or rent an apartment, leaving her to rely on friends who let her sleep on their couches.

The former Completely Bare employee also charges that she was harassed by co-workers who joked that she was only hired to “inject some color” in to the spa before the chain went national.

“Everyone treated me badly, like I was in some sort of sorority hazing,” says Collier, who also claims that she wasn’t given the same training that other employees received, leading to customer complaints about her waxing techniques.

Allegedly, Collier was fired a week after approaching Cindy Barshop about the way she was being treated.

“From day one, she wasn’t given the same training, she wasn’t given the same money,” Collier’s lawyer, Lenard Leeds, tells the New York Post.

Barshop, however, denies the aesthetician’s claims, stating that Altovise Collier was fired “because of the quality of her work.”

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