New York Times reports, while he was in the position of Security Director for the National
Basketball Association ("NBA"), Warren Glover tried to do what
was right. Glover repeatedly contacted his superiors to inform them that
women in his office were being either sexually harassed or discriminated
against. Allegedly, instead of the NBA taking Glover's concerns seriously,
they ignored him and eventually fired him in retaliation for his complaints.
Glover, who continually received exemplary reviews from his superiors including
being considered "one of the best security professionals.... [they
had] ever worked with," is now suing the NBA following his dismissal
last month for lost wages and damages. Glover alleges that his dismissal
was not related to the quality of his work, rather, he was fired because
of his willingness to speak out against the harassment taking place in
his office. Glover further alleges that senior NBA security officials
denied him promotions, demeaned him, and treated him differently from
other employees because of this willingness to speak out.
The animosity towards Glover may have began in 2010 when his sworn testimony
was a major force behind the dismissal of a senior NBA official in connection
to a sexual harassment claim. Other top NBA security officials may have
feared a similar fate because of Glover's willingness to speak out,
leading to them to act preemptively and fire Glover.
This case is indicative of an unfortunate truth in workplace discrimination,
that fear of retaliation prevents workplace discrimination suits from
being brought. Retaliation, however, is forbidden under the human rights
laws. Schwartz and Perry is a New York employment law firm that focuses
on representing victims of workplace discrimination.
The full article can be found at the
New York Times