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  •  To sue and win you have to show actions (0+ / 0-)

    Unless someone can show that Sterling created a "hostile work environment" he can't be successfully sued by his employees for the remarks he made on the tape.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:00:53 AM PDT

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    •  That's not true. (0+ / 0-)

      I was reading an article about a Silicon Valley CTO who was fired because he held views like this. Company didn't want to get sued.

      It's much easier to claim that Sterling did create a hostile work environment now. As it should be.

      Also, he's been sued in the past.

      I hope they all sue him. Fucker.

      •  Who can fire Sterling? (1+ / 0-)
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        VClib

        I hope suits won't end up being necessary - I can think of much better places to spend those legal expenses.

        •  No one can fire Sterling, but he can be (1+ / 0-)
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          nickrud

          sued. The example that I cited isn't directly applicable. I was trying to underscore the larger principle that racism can (and should) have a cost.

          •  oh, yes, it's having a cost (1+ / 0-)
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            fou

            but I don't think he'll be the one paying. Breaking up the team via a free agency free for all, or just about any of the other remedies listed are flea bites to him but will be earthquakes to  the people in that organization.

            I hope that Silver's correct that the owners have the ability to force a sale and the team and their support staff won't be hit by much of the fallout.

      •  I didn't say that an executive couldn't be fired (0+ / 0-)

        California is a "at-will" state. However, no one can sue and win on the basis of one tape that did not take place in the workplace and the conversation didn't include any employees.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:38:45 AM PDT

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    •  Actually... (5+ / 0-)
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      PhilJD, EastcoastChick, CenPhx, fou, Tonedevil

      there is documented proof that he created a hostile and degrading workplace.  

      See the example of Elgin Baylor.

      Also see this:
      http://www.thedailybeast.com/...

      Here is an excerpt:

      “Players Sam Cassell, Elton Brand and Corey Maggette complained to me that Donald Sterling would bring women into the locker room after games, while the players “were showering, and make comments such as, ‘Look at those beautiful black bodies.’ I brought this to Sterling’s attention, but he continued to bring women into the locker room.”

      "[I]n the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone...They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."

      by cardboardurinal on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:40:24 AM PDT

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