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Elgin Baylor Sues LA Clippers for Wrongful Termination, Age and Race Discrimination

February 15, 2011

Last month, a Los Angeles, California Superior court judge tentatively rejected the bids by the NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers to have former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor's age discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit dismissed.

At the January 2011 hearing, that our Newport Beach employment attorneys have been following, Judge Kenneth R. Freeman reportedly issued a tentative ruling denying the motions for dismissal, but agreed to schedule another hearing for February 3, to hear the final arguments and make a final ruling on whether the wrongful termination and age and race discrimination lawsuit should move to trial. Freeman's decision was expected to be released last Thursday.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Baylor was the Clippers' executive vice president and general manager for 22 years, until 2008. Baylor is known for helping the Clippers qualify for the NBA playoffs four times during his 22 seasons as general manager. Baylor, who is now 76, filed a lawsuit in February of 2009, claiming that he was wrongfully terminated due to age and race discrimination.

Baylor also claimed that he was grossly underpaid compared to the compensation scheme for every other team general manager in the NBA. The defendants include the Clippers, Donald Sterling, the Clippers owner, Andy Roeser, team president, and the NBA.

As our Newport Beach, California employment attorneys have discussed in a recent California employment blog, it is illegal, under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), to discriminate against individuals who are 40-years-old or older in any employment terms, conditions, or privileges, including hiring, firing, employment layoffs, job promotion, compensation, benefits, job assignments, and training.

It is also illegal, according to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to discriminate against an individual based on race in any aspect of employment including hiring, firing, pay, promotions, job assignments, job layoffs, fringe benefits, training, and any employment terms or conditions.

In Orange County, California, contact Howard Law, PC today for a free consultation about your federal and California employment rights.

Elgin Baylor's Race and Age Discrimination Lawsuit Decision Next Week, Beverly Hills Courier, February 4, 2011

Court hearing on Elgin Baylor's wrongful termination suit against Clippers, Los Angeles Times, January 27, 2011

Judge Tentatively Rejects Dismissal of Clippers Discrimination Lawsuit, Beverly Hills Courier, January 29, 2011

Related Web Resources:

Facts About Age Discrimination, EEOC

Facts About Race/Color Discrimination, EEOC

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