Robert De Niro’s daughter-in-law is accused of racial discrimination against her one-time nanny, creating a ‘hostile work environment’ which was ‘permeated with intimidation, ridicule and insult.’
The allegations were brought against the Oscar winner’s daughter-in-law, Claudine De Niro, 40, in lawsuit papers exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com.
Former nanny Linda Williams added her name to an existing wage dispute lawsuit in August and brought with her a string of new shocking discrimination claims.
According to Williams, who was employed in the De Niro’s Manhattan household in 2014, Claudine told her: ‘I wouldn’t have hired you if I had known you were black.’
Claudine is married to Raphael De Niro, whose mother Diahnne Abbott is African-American, which would mean her three children with Raphael are partially black.
Claudine was already being sued by her former domestic worker Thais Dilazary, who filed suit six months ago, claiming the mother had withheld wages and failed to pay her overtime despite working close to 60 hours a week.
The lawsuit claims that Claudine created a ‘hostile work environment…permeated with intimidation, ridicule and insult.’
Claudine also allegedly informed Williams that her family, ‘never had a black nanny.’
At the time of the comment, Claudine was still happily married to De Niro’s son, Raphael, 40, whose stepmother and mother are both African-American.
The couple married in 2008 when both were 31 and working together as associate brokers at Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate in New York in a sales unit called the De Niro Group.
They have three children, Nicholas, nine, Alexandria, eight and Ella Rose, six, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes nearly three years ago.
But earlier this year, Raphael filed for divorce from his wife of nearly a decade.
In May he made it very clear that he had moved on when he attended the premiere of his father’s HBO movie, ‘Wizard of Lies,’ a biopic of Bernie Madoff, with his new love, fashion stylist Hannah Carnes.
SOURCE: LAURA COLLINS