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RED SOX LOOK TO GO TO TRIAL IN EMPLOYEE HARASSMENT CASE

          The MA Commission Against Discrimination issued what "it
     called the civil equivalent of an indictment" against the Red
     Sox stemming from a former employees' claim of racial
     harassment by the team, according to Adrian Walker of the
     BOSTON GLOBE.  MCAD Chair Charles Walker said that the
     agency's inquiry into Thomas Sneed's claim "turned up enough
     evidence for the case to go forward."  He "urged" the team
     and Sneed to settle, but a Red Sox attorney said Sneed's
     demands "have been unreasonable, and indicated that
     settlement may not be near."  Sneed has accused the Red Sox
     of "allowing a hostile work environment" during his seven-
     year stint with the team and claims that management did not
     respond to his reports of harassment incidents.  Red Sox
     attorney Daniel Goldberg released a list yesterday of actions
     the team took, but "seemed pessimistic that this case will be
     settled soon."  Goldberg claims that Sneed had asked for 100
     times his salary of "about" $30,000 a year, a number which
     Sneed's attorneys deny (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/8).  
          SETTLE OR ELSE? In Boston, Joan Vennochi writes that
     "despite the bluster" of Goldberg, a "trial is the last thing
     this ball club wants."  As they pursue a new ballpark and try
     to "convince the public they have changed from the closed-
     minded institution of 30 years ago," the Red Sox "don't need
     embarrassing headlines of the kind that could emanate from a
     case like Sneed's" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/8).

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