David Smith Claims Black Employees Discriminated Against by the Angels

According to NBC Sports, the Los Angeles Angels have been sued for racial discrimination. A radio host formerly employed by the Los Angeles Angels has filed a lawsuit claiming he was dismissed as a result of racial discrimination. The complaint filed in California Superior Court says that David Smith endured racial discrimination by the Angels Baseball Foundation which rigged a singles promotion to ensure a black woman did not win and that Angels employees regularly made racist remarks.

Smith claimed that the Angels did not allow another employee on a radio show because he sounded too black and too ghetto for an Orange County radio audience. Smith further alleged that co-workers made comments such as negative results are to be expected when a Jew is hired as a baseball’s commissioner.

Smith worked on morning and afternoon sports talk shows and on an Angels pre-game show until he was terminated in the summer of 2009.

The federal law prohibits employers from racial discrimination, as well as from discriminating against employees due to sex, age, sexual orientation, disability and national origin. California also have a similar state anti-discrimination law that prohibits employers from subjecting employees to discrimination based on race, ethnicity, skin color or similar characteristic.

Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob – Los Angeles employment attorney