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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Sexual Harassment and Sports, A Bad Time, And We Aren't Talking Kobe

Today's suit is against the LA Clipper's owner Donald Sterling. According to the AP story Sumner Davenport, a former property supervisor at his Beverly Hills Properties accused him of "unwanted and offensive physical conduct" that included hugging, kissing and touching her chest. Yesterday the sexual harassment suit of the day was by the former VP of Human Resources for the Atlanta Falcons, Carol Faubert, who complained that team owner, Arthur Blank, condoned a work climate in which female employees were treated as "sex objects." See ESPN's story here. It should be noted both were terminated employees, and although Sterling was unavailable for comment the Falcons' position was clear: "This lawsuit was filed by a disgruntled former employee whose objective is obvious: to threaten public embarrassment as a means of extracting unwarranted personal gain," according to Susan Bass the Falcons Vice President for Community Relations.

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