The West Virginia nonprofit director who called First Lady Michelle Obama an “ape in heels” will lose her job after all, the Washington Post reported.
Pamela Taylor, the director of the Clay County Development Corp., wrote a Facebook post about Obama last month after the election. “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House,” Taylor wrote. “I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.”
After intense backlash, Taylor apologized, and the nonprofit, which provides services to low-income and elderly residents, placed her on leave. But the nonprofit’s board later decided to reinstate Taylor, and she was scheduled to return to work on Dec. 23.
But, according to the Washington Post, Taylor’s Facebook post sparked interest about the required discrimination policies in place at the nonprofit, which receives government funding. As a result, the Post reported that after Taylor’s reinstatement, Robert Roswall, commissioner for the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, and Cynthia Beane, acting commissioner for the state’s Bureau of Medical Services, wrote to the nonprofit’s board seeking assurance that discrimination or harassment won’t be accepted within the organization.
“Following the state’s request for specific assurances that the CDC is following anti-discrimination policies, we have been assured that Pamela Taylor has been removed from her position as CCDC director,” the governor’s office said in a statement, according to the Washington Post.
And the nonprofit has been placed under state oversight. The Appalachian Area Agency on Aging will oversee the nonprofit for a six month period to make sure it’s following the appropriate rules.