Home News Atlanta-based Equity Prime Mortgage Sues Former HR Director for Defamation

Atlanta-based Equity Prime Mortgage Sues Former HR Director for Defamation

Atlanta-based Equity Prime Mortgage Sues Former HR Director for Defamation
Lawyers consulted on various lawsuits.

The mortgage company made headlines in June when it fired its HR director, Melissa Rolfe, for comments she made on social media. Rolfe is the stepmother of former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, who is facing felony murder charges in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks. Brooks was killed in June during a traffic stop outside a Wendy’s restaurant in southeast Atlanta.

Equity Prime Mortgage is now suing Melissa Rolfe along with the congressional campaign of Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene. Equity Prime claims that Rolfe and the Greene campaign conspired to “peddle the false narrative” that the company fired her for “fighting for her stepson,” according to court documents.

Equity Prime insists that Garrett Rolfe’s actions had nothing to do with his stepmother’s dismissal. Instead, the company said, Melissa Rolfe was fired for abominable behavior in the workplace.

The lawsuit also accused Rolfe of engaging in “blatantly racist conduct” in the workplace, including telling a Black staffer to “upgrade [her] standards” and stop dating Black men, as well as calling Black men “weak.”

“Not surprisingly, Rolfe lost people’s confidence in her ability to perform her job as an HR director and was fired,” the lawsuit said.

After her firing, the lawsuit alleged, Rolfe embarked on a “smear campaign” against the company, aided by “a Congressional campaign and a candidate seeking to exploit the death of Rayshard Brooks for their own personal gain.”

The lawsuit accused Rolfe and Greene – who has expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory and has made a series of racist videos – of conspiring to “launch a national media firestorm” by falsely claiming that Rolfe was only fired because of her stepson being charged with murder.

“The smear campaign mobilized a furious social media mob and prompted death threats, a boycott, and enormous reputational and financial harm to [Equity Prime Mortgage],” the lawsuit said.

The company is suing both Rolfe and Greene’s campaign for defamation and false light invasion of privacy. The lawsuit seeks damages and attorney’s fees.

News Source: Mortgage Professional America

Eskalera, a Startup Led by Goldman Sachs’ Former HR Head Has Launched a Diversity and Inclusion Index

Eskalera, a technology startup led by Goldman Sachs former human resources head Dane Holmes, has launched an index to measure corporate diversity and inclusiveness,...

HSBC to Remove 35,000 Jobs Amidst Covid-19 Crises

HSBC Holdings Plc has restarted cutting as many as 35,000 jobs, three months after the coronavirus outbreak forced it to pause a long-awaited overhaul...

Genpact Offers Its Internal Skill Training Program Globally for Everyone

Genpact has announced Adapt and Rise, a role-based online learning platform that leverages Genpact's expertise honed from delivering real-world change for hundreds of clients....

San-Francisco Based Learning Platform Degreed Has Raised $32 Million in New Funding

The upskilling platform, Degreed, has announced $32 million in new funding in direct response to overwhelming demand for better skill insights, talent mobility, and...

Research Shows the Implications of Workplace Layouts on Employee Productivity and Overall Performance

As some workplaces prepare for the gradual return of employees and overhaul office layouts and seating plans, research has shown this could also have...

Employee Concierge ‘Back Technologies’ Integrates Automation Into Internal HR and Other Support Tasks

Companies are under increasing pressure to automate workflows and digitally service their employees, particularly in light of trends toward remote work. It takes an...

HR Strategies to Help Your Business Navigate the New ‘Normal’

No business is immune to the massive changes resulting from the health crisis. Organizations have proven themselves to be agile, and employees have demonstrated...

The Importance Of Diversity And Inclusion In HR, Hiring, Talent Management: Thoughts From A Top Expert

Michael C. Hyter is one of today’s best-known experts on inclusion and diversity and the author of The Power of Choice: Embracing Efficacy to Drive Your Career and The...

HR Expert Highlights Actionable Steps to ‘Make Real Change’ Against Racism in Your Workplace

Kyra Leigh Sutton, Ph.D., is a faculty member at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, where she teaches human resources courses...

Adidas Employees Want Company to Investigate HR Chief for Response to Racial Issues

A group of Adidas employees from around the globe is asking the company to investigate its chief human resources officer, as part of a...