Clippers face wrongful termination lawsuit based on age, race discrimination in Los Angeles

A race and age-discrimination lawsuit in Los Angeles can proceed against the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers after a judge refused to throw out the suit brought against the team by its former general manager, Elgin Baylor, according to the Beverly Hills Courier.

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In this case, Clipper officials say Baylor resigned in October 2008 after 22 years as GM. However, his lawsuit claims he was unceremoniously dumped from the team based on race and age discrimination. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed the team’s request to throw the case out of court. The employment lawsuit also alleges that Baylor was underpaid, never earning more than $350,00 a year, which is not comparable to the GM salaries for other NBA teams.

Baylor was named NBA Executive of the year in 2005-06 when the team reached the semifinals for the first time since the 1975-76 season. The NBA is also named in the lawsuit, as it alleges the league condoned the discrimination by virtue of knowing the general manager salaries of other teams in the league.

The Los Angeles Times reports the wrongful termination lawsuit is scheduled for trial on March 2.

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