Wisconsin basketball fans are likely aware of the recent controversy over racist comments made by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Donald Sterling was banned for life by the National Basketball Association in April after comments disparaging African Americans that had been recorded by his girlfriend were made public. The 80-year-old man's legal issues took another turn on June 2 when a lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles accusing him of sexual harassment.
Among the woman's allegations is a claim that Sterling would routinely withhold her paycheck if she failed to perform sexual favors for him. She also says that the businessman used lewd language toward her and often groped her as she went about her work. Another claim made by the woman is that Sterling made numerous unflattering comments about African Americans and Latinos. When asked about the lawsuit, Sterling's attorney said that the woman's claims were baseless.
The careers of many men and women are made unbearable by sexual harassment, but fear leads many of them to suffer in silence. Standing up to workplace harassment is often a courageous step, and this is especially true when jobs are hard to find. An attorney with experience in workplace discrimination and harassment litigation may be able to offer a frank assessment of a potential sexual harassment claim and the steps involved in pursuing it.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Donald Sterling Sued By Former Employee, Accused Of Sexual Harassment, Racist Remarks", Dominique Mosbergen, May 30, 2014