Plaintiff Ginny White had moved to the
North Bay from out of state to work for GC
The company is among the nation's leading suppliers of computer equipment and services to government agencies, the aerospace industry and Fortune 1000 companies according to its website, which notes that the company has business partnerships with Apple, Hewlett Packard and IBM, among others.
Lawyers representing White filed suit against the company last month in Sonoma County Court, the report said.
White left a $140,000 a year job at Lockheed Martin in Colorado to work for GC Micro, according to the report.
She said she was fired after refusing to watch a Charles Stanley video, the report said. Stanley is the fundamentalist senior pastor at First Baptist Church, a megachurch near Atlanta.
CEO Belinda Guadarrama and her former husband, Lloyd Chapman, a company principal, are named in the lawsuit, according to the report.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensation that White's attorney, Jarin Beck, told the Press Democrat could be “well worth in excess of a million dollars.”
Paul Gutierrez, an attorney representing GC Micro, told the Press Democrat that charges are “totally baseless.”
GC Micro is an all-woman, minority-owned business, according to its website.
Guadarrama is quoted on the website's information page saying that she used skepticism about the ability of a minority to meet the demands of her clients “as fuel to win their accounts.”
"I could become completely offended, or I could go back to the win-win; get the sale, and their perception is changed about minority businesses,” Guadarrama said. “ This makes it easier for the minority woman who comes next."
Guadarrama was awarded a Public Service Medal from NASA, which according to GC Micro's website is the agency's highest honor.
She is shown on the company's website photographed with former Presidents Bush (both), Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton.
Chapman is president of the American Small Business League, an advocacy group promoting the interests of small businesses.
He appeared in a 2010
CNBC interview promoting the group. Earlier in his career Chapman
worked for Bob Bullock, a legendary Texas political figure who
eventually served as lieutenant governor under George W. Bush.