SAN DIEGO – The Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is entangled in a lawsuit that alleges racial slurs were used by her chief of staff against a job applicant while they were attempting to relocate for a position with their office.
The complaint filed by Jeff Liu in mid-December 2023, alleges he was offered a job in the supervisor’s office that would have required him to relocate due to his living in Sacramento at the time.
He accepted the position on Sept. 11, 2023, and the following week was contacted by Denise Garcia, Chief of Staff to Supervisor Nora Vargas, inquiring about his relocation status. It was during that phone call that she allegedly told him to “hurry the f*** up!”
Two days later, on Sept. 20, Garcia phoned Liu again inquiring about his efforts to relocate where he explained he secured an apartment and it was then that he alleges he heard racial slurs being uttered by Garcia.
“F***ing Asians and yellow people, always so f***ing slow, these chinks!”
The comments are alleged to have been made due to the office not being satisfied with the time it was taking for Liu to relocate.
Liu then moved to San Diego on Sept. 25 and the next day Vargas’ office rescinded the job offer with Garcia alleging he never confirmed his relocation status.
Liu is seeking unspecified damages.Summons-Liu