A city tobacco inspector is fighting to get her job back after she was fired for cursing out a Bronx bodega owner who allegedly hurled racist and sexist slurs at her, her lawyer said.
Atara Smith, 37, and partner Demba Sanyang were about to slap Sadek Gourmet Deli with a summons after an employee sold tobacco to a minor, along with loose cigarettes, when they got into a profanity-laced altercation with store owner Sadek Almhillah, according to records from the city’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.
Almhillah allegedly repeatedly called the city Department of Consumer and Worker Protection employees the N-word, called Smith a “f–king bitch,” and told her to “suck a d–k”, during the November 2019 incident, records show
Even though OATH records show a judge found the deli owner was “not a credible witness” and had intentionally tried “to incite an angry and emotional reaction” from the inspectors, Smith was still fired for repeatedly used the F-word.
A lawyer for Smith, who struggles with multiple sclerosis and had no prior disciplinary history, said the process was “reeking of racism” in a letter to DCWP commissioner Peter Hatch.
“First, she was abused by a misogynist, racist bodega owner for merely doing her job and then she was abused by the de Blasio administration, which treated her like a criminal instead of as a victim or even as a human being,” attorney Daniel Bright said.
Almhillah denied using profanity or provoking the inspectors, telling The Post, “I would never use the N-word.”