Former National Basketball Association (NBA) security director Warren Glover recently filed a lawsuit against the league for his retaliatory filing. Glover had worked in NBA security for over 10 years, but was fired in July. He claims that he lost his job because he consistently stuck up for female colleagues who suffered sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
Several years into Glover's tenure with the NBA, he reported inappropriate behavior by a fellow security employee that targeted three of his female colleagues. According to the claim, the inappropriate colleague sexually harassed the women with lewd comments and even showed them pornography on his computer.
This blog has previously discussed how gender discrimination and harassment plagues the restaurant and retail industries, but professional sports leagues also hold reputations as "boys' clubs" that believe that modern society's employment laws do not apply to them.
Glover's lawsuit is in the early stages - the complaint was filed in a federal Manhattan court during December - but it is already a source of embarrassment for the NBA. One of the women who was allegedly harassed has already filed a gender-discrimination lawsuit against the former NBA senior vice president for security, Bernard Tolbert.
If your career has been harmed by sexual harassment or discrimination, contact a highly-regarded New York employment discrimination attorney to discuss your legal options.
Source: The News Tribune, "Suit alleges harassment," McClatchy News Services, Dec. 16, 2011
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