When your HR Manager files discrimination charges after credible employees do, you know:
1. There was probably some validity to the orginal charges,
2. You likely have a renegade executive doing whatever the hell they want, and
3. FYI: You are hosed. H-O-S-E-D, I say.
Backstory- Chivas USA is a major league soccer franchise located in Los Angeles. You've heard of the LA Galaxy with Beckham, right? Chivas USA is in the same league. They play in LA too.
Jorge Vergara, a former part owner, gained full control of the team in November 2012 and allegedly began harassing non-Latino employees. Vergara also owns a Mexican team called Chivas de Guadalajara, which is famous in part because it will not sign non-Mexican players. The recent charges and a bunch of other coverage claims he wanted to bring his 100% Mexican playbook to Chivas USA, including youth feeder programs in addition to the professional club.
Problem is, Chivas USA is located in...well, the USA. Thus the name. So a policy including 100% Mexican players is a bit of a problem.
First, 2 coaches filed discrimination charges. Read something I did over at Fistful of Talent for that rundown. Ugly.
Then, the HR Manager files similar charges. Oops. Ugly times 2. More from the Daily Breeze with a h/t to Deadspin:
"The suit charges that, starting in January, Chivas hired four coaches from Mexico even though they were not authorized to work in the United States. According to the suit, HR Manager Cynthia Craig was told to add the coaches to the payroll but she refused, and team executives instead routed them money through other means. (The complaint states the coaches received visas in April.)
Craig, who is black, said in court papers that she was harassed by team owner Jorge Vergara and team President Jose David because she was not Latino and could not speak Spanish. Craig left the team in July after a period of prolonged harassment, the complaint states.
Her suit also charges that, starting in January, Chivas hired four coaches from Mexico even though they were not authorized to work in the United States. According to the suit, Craig was told to add the coaches to the payroll but she refused, and team executives instead routed them money through other means. (The complaint states the coaches received visas in April.)
In her suit, Craig said Vergara began one of his first staff meetings speaking in Spanish and then said, in English, “If you didn’t understand what I just said, then it is time for you to get a job down the hall.” (Chivas shares the StubHub Center in Carson with the Los Angeles Galaxy, another professional soccer team.)"
When the HR Leader is filing charges against you, you probably need to put on your helmet and seatbelt.