The U.S government is suing Fanatics Inc., a sports apparel company, for racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Bloomberg reports the company has investors like the National Football League (NFL) and the Major League Baseball (MLB).
The suit, brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, centers around claims from a former employee, who says he was “repeatedly subjected to discrimination” while employed at the company’s Florida headquarters.
The plaintiff, an African American man, says the accusations include a team leader using the “n-word” on the plaintiff’s first day of work and comments from other peers and supervisors. Bloomberg reports the plaintiff was told comments like “I’m not racist but a lot of you (black) guys can’t read.”
Bloomberg reports Fanatics Inc. is owned by Michael Rubin and is the world’s largest seller of sports apparel. Fanatics runs the online stores for the NFL, MLB, Nascar, PGA Tour and more.
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