A California woman is suing the Getty Foundation after she was rejected from a “multicultural” internship.
Samantha Niemann says the colour of her skin prevented her from being able to win one of the scholarships the foundation offers.
According to The Daily Caller, The Getty Foundation is a component of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and awards millions in grants every year to further the arts.
Some of those grants come from its Multicultural Undergraduate Internship and awards up to $4,500 per term to students in order for them to pursue art-related internships in Los Angeles.
According to Niemann’s suit, filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, in 2015 she was told that the Getty’s Multicultural Undergraduate Internship was open to black, Hispanic, Asian, or American Indian applicants only. This deterred her from applying for the internship despite being well-qualified.
Niemann's lawsuit claims the scholarship constitutes illegal discrimination, and that it resulted in harassment and retaliation. She claims that her mix of Irish, German, and Italian heritage would have given her a diverse enough background for the scholarship, but its true purpose was to benefit non-whites.