Does Your Job Have a Sexually Hostile Work Environment? Donald Sterling Sued Over Harassment Claims

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, a woman claiming to be a former employee of disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed a lawsuit over allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

The news source reported that Maiko Maya King claimed that she worked for Sterling as a personal assistant, and that she lost her job last month after suffering through racist and sexist taunting. She said that Sterling’s behavior created an “intimidating, oppressive, hostile and offensive work environment based upon sex.”

King is reportedly seeking a jury trial and damages. The lawsuit comes after the NBA fined Sterling $2.5 million, banned him for life and initiated proceedings to force a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers after audio recordings of bigoted and racist remarks he made were leaked to the media.

Sterling’s attorneys dismissed the claims, saying he never employed King. “The claim by Ms. King is baseless and ridiculous,” wrote Bobby Samini, an attorney for Sterling. According to an email Samini sent to the Times on behalf of his client, “She was never employed by Donald Sterling. Her claim was obviously (prompted) by opportunistic motives.”

King also claimed that she had a romantic relationship with Sterling that lasted from 2005-11, and that she worked for his charitable foundation. She said after their relationship ended, she returned to work for him as a personal assistant, making $10,000 per month.

King claims that rather than paying her $10,000 per month salary agreement, Sterling would only give her money if she would perform sexual acts that she claimed she refused, the Times reported.

King reportedly filed a complaint on May 29 with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing after she lost her job on May 7.

How Do I Sue My Employer For Sexual Harassment?

The first step to stopping sexual harassment at work is reporting it. If you are working in a hostile work environment that results in a sexually charged atmosphere, you should contact human resources internally at your job and file a complaint.

If the harassment continues, our Los Angeles employment attorneys can help you file a claim. Get in touch with us today or connect with us on Facebook to schedule a consultation.

Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys