02/23/2013 10:53 am ET

El Museo Del Barrio's Outgoing Director Sues The Museum For Employment Discrimination

El Museo del Barrio, a struggling museum located in New York's most storied Latino community, Spanish Harlem, is in the middle of an identity crisis: how can it grow in a landscape of competitive city museums and hold onto its barrio roots? After a flurry of criticism over a new hire of a chief curator from Spain, who is perceived by many to be "out of touch" with the community, Margarita Aguilar, El Museo's director since 2011, has left the museum and filed a legal complaint charging employment discrimination based on gender and a hostile work environment and retaliation.