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RED SOX LOOK TO GO TO TRIAL IN EMPLOYEE HARASSMENT CASE
Published May 8, 1998
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).