MLS Chivas USA Faces Discrimination Suit For Second Time In Four Months
For the second time in four months, a former employee of MLS Chivas USA "has filed suit against the club, accusing team officials of flouting employment laws, temporarily hiring undocumented coaches and discriminating against non-Latino employees," according to a front-page piece by Brian Sumers of the Torrance DAILY BREEZE. Former Chivas USA HR & Administrative Manager Cynthia Craig, who is African-American, in court papers said that she was "harassed by team owner Jorge Vergara and team President Jose David because she was not Latino and could not speak Spanish." The complaint states that Craig "left the team in July after a period of prolonged harassment." Her suit also charges that, "starting in January, Chivas hired four coaches from Mexico even though they were not authorized to work" in the U.S. The suit states that Craig was "told to add the coaches to the payroll but she refused, and team executives instead routed them money through other means." It also alleges that the practice of discrimination "began when Vergara, a former part owner, gained full control of the team in November 2012 and began harassing non-Latino employees" (Torrance DAILY BREEZE, 8/15).