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Employee files discrimination suit against soccer club

Workplace discrimination is, sadly, still common. This problem may not be nearly as bad as it was many years ago, but it has not gone away completely.

Workers in the United States should be able to work in a discrimination free environment, not having to worry that their employer is going to make a poor decision based on race, sex, or some other factor.

For the second time in the past four months, a former employee of Chivas USA, a Major League Soccer Team in California, is involved in a lawsuit with the club. The employee is accusing the organization of hiring undocumented coaches, ignoring employment laws, and discriminating against non-Latino employees.

The former human resources manager for the team noted in court papers that she was harassed by the team owner and president because she was not of Latino descent and unable to speak Spanish.

Court papers state that she decided to leave her position with the team in July after being subjected to harassment for an extended period of time.

In the same suit, she claims that the team hired four coaches from Mexico who were not authorized to work in the United States. The woman claims that when she was told to add these workers to the payroll, she refused, which led to team officials paying them through other means.

This is not the first lawsuit the woman has been involved in. In May, two former coaches for the club's youth program filed a lawsuit, claiming they were fired because they did not speak Spanish and were not Latino. The two coaches claim to have expressed their concerns to the woman, due to her responsibilities in the human resources department, but that she did not do anything to address the issue.

Everybody has the right to do their job to the best of their ability without discrimination. Unfortunately, this is not always the way things work out.

Daily Breeze, "Former Chivas USA human resources official sues, claiming discrimination against Carson soccer club" Brian Sumers, Aug. 14, 2013

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