A curator who accused MoMA PS 1 of gender, being pregnant and caregiver discrimination has settled the declare she introduced towards the museum saying it had rescinded a job supply upon studying she had just lately given start.
Nikki Columbus, who can also be an artwork editor, filed the declare in July 2018 with the New York City Commission on Human Rights. The settlement, made public by the regulation agency that represented Ms. Columbus, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, consists of monetary compensation for Ms. Columbus as effectively an settlement by the up to date artwork museum in Queens to replace its written insurance policies designed to guard ladies, working dad and mom and different caregivers who apply for jobs or work there.
“What happened to me was wrong and clearly against the law,” Ms. Columbus mentioned in a press release on Tuesday. “I decided to speak out in order to protect other women at MoMA PS1 and beyond.”
The monetary phrases weren’t disclosed, however Ms. Columbus mentioned in an interview that she made it some extent that her settlement not bar her from discussing different particulars of the case.
“That was really central to me, that I could talk about the importance of the suit,” she mentioned.
Ms. Columbus mentioned she has not been capable of finding full-time work for the reason that PS1 supply, to be the museum’s affiliate curator of efficiency, was withdrawn.
Elizabeth S. Saylor, one in all Ms. Columbus’s attorneys, mentioned in a press release, “We hope that more people will follow Ms. Columbus’s lead and take advantage of the robust protections that NYC law provides.” Ms. Saylor can also be co-chairwoman of the board of A Better Balance, a nonprofit that focuses on improving work-life balance conditions, and was co-counsel on the claim.
Her claim named MoMA PS1 and its chief curator Peter Eleey, chief operating officer Jose A. Ortiz and then-director Klaus Biesenbach.
“MoMA PS1 at all times has been compliant with the law and remains committed to supporting women and caregivers,” a museum spokeswoman said Tuesday. “We are satisfied with the agreement and are happy to put this matter behind us.”
MoMA PS1 has not named a performance curator; its performance program is overseen by two assistant curators. Mr. Biesenbach is now director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
Ms. Columbus said friends had worried that her claim might lead to her being ostracized professionally. But, she said, “I received many private messages of support from people across the art world, friends, people I didn’t know, including people who work at MoMA, thanking me for coming forward.”
Still, not many people voiced their support publicly, she said. “I think that reflects MoMA’s power within the art world, and the fact that there have been so few stories like mine,” she said.
Pregnancy discrimination is common across many industries, and even Planned Parenthood has been criticized for how it treats its pregnant employees. “I decided that I needed to call it out, and I think people weren’t expecting that,” Ms. Columbus said, “and I think that women themselves don’t realize that they can do that.”
She added: “I hope that this shows that it’s possible to hold the art world to account.”