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February 26, 2013

Head of N.Y. Latino Museum Claims Discrimination in Firing

The former director of New York City's El Museo del Barrio has filed a state complaint alleging that gender discrimination was behind her ouster earlier this month, reports The New York Times.

In a claim lodged last week with state human-rights officials, Margarita Aguilar said ranking board members at the museum of Latino art and culture created a hostile workplace atmosphere, telling her to lose weight and dress better and blaming her for financial problems that predated her September 2011 appointment.

In a February 14 termination letter, the museum said Ms. Aguilar had been an ineffective leader and fundraiser and derelict in her duty and noted that she failed to appear at a meeting to discuss her complaints about working conditions. A spokeswoman said El Museo would not comment on "the separation of an employee of the museum."