A city tobacco inspector fired for insulting a bodega owner who allegedly hurled racist and sexist slurs at him has regained his job.
Atara Smith, 37, and her partner were about to hand Sadek Gourmet Deli in the Bronx a summons for selling tobacco to a minor when the rude altercation with store owner Sadek Almhillah occurred.
Almhillah denied calling employees of the city’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection the n-word, calling Smith a “f-king bitch” and telling her to “suck ad-k”, during the incident of November 2019, according to the archives.
Even though records from the City’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings show a judge found the grocery store owner was ‘not a credible witness’ and had intentionally tried ‘to incite an angry reaction and emotion” from the inspectors, Smith was fired in December for several uses of the F-word.
Smith appealed and on May 6 the city’s Public Service Commission reinstated her, finding that although her conduct was “grossly unprofessional”, “the particular circumstances of this case do not warrant the maximum penalty. dismissal”. and instead changed Smith’s punishment to “time served”.
New York Post