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Basketball VP alleges retaliation on eve of playoffs series

Though the Milwaukee Bucks fought hard in this year’s playoffs, they eventually succumbed in seven games to the Boston Celtics. The resurgent Celtics have made their way to the Eastern Conference finals, where they are set to face the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs are not completely focused on their on-court battles, however, as the organization must begin preparing for an in-court battle with its own Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Mozelle Jackson recently filed a retaliation lawsuit against her employer.

Jackson says in documents filed in the Court of Common Pleas for Cuyahoga County, Ohio, that she suffered retaliation after she learned of an employee’s discrimination complaint. She says she also observed people in the Cavaliers organization deleting electronic evidence regarding the alleged discrimination incident and after she expressed concern to the organization’s in-house attorney.

She also says she and her employment law attorney warned the organization that it is unlawful to retaliate against her because she objected to evidence tampering.

She says in court documents that the retaliation happened anyway. She says the team’s attorney “made it crystal clear that” she would soon be ousted from her job if she decided to “fight them on this.” She was told that team owner “'Dan Gilbert is a billionaire and had the money to fight in court for as long as it takes.'"

She said that the team’s lawyer also threatened to “ruin” her professional reputation by “publishing unfounded allegations” online that she had failed in her job. He also allegedly said that it simply would not matter if the job performance allegations were untrue because once published online, “they would still ruin her professional reputation.”

Forbes has reported that Jackson has been fired, but that the claim has not yet been verified.

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