Three More Women Claim Discrimination by Madison Square Garden

After being ordered to pay millions in punitive damages to a former executive last week for sex discrimination (including sexual harassment by New York Knick’s coach Isiah Thomas), Madison Square Garden (MSG) is again facing charges of discrimination and sexual harassment.

Diane Henson and an unnamed co-worker who worked as security supervisors at MSG are set to file a lawsuit claiming that they were denied promotions because they were African American women, according to the New York Post. They say that they were relegated to areas that often have security problems while less experienced white workers were assigned to high-visibility sections where celebrities often sit. Additionally, they claim that two white women interns were promoted after becoming sexually involved with management. After experiencing retaliation for voicing their concerns, the women say they were forced to quit.

Meanwhile, Courtney Prince, the former captain of the Rangers’ cheerleading squad, is going forward with a sexual-harassment suit filed in 2004 against MSG, the hockey team’s owner. Prince claims that after alerting fellow cheerleaders that she had been propositioned by a PR manager, she was fired and her mental state and reputation were attacked. Later, two cheerleaders filed affidavits saying that MSG had coerced them into signing statements defaming Prince.


Feminist Wire 10/3/07; The New York Times 10/4/07; New York Post 10/8/07

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