Hockey mascot sidelined due to sexual harassment allegations

On Behalf of | Aug 26, 2020 | Employment Law |

The man who plays the mascot for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings is on suspension after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him. The development has caused legal experts in Delaware and other parts of the country to take notice.

The suit against the man who wears the Bailey the Lion suit whenever the Kings play games in Los Angeles alleges harassment of a woman who was once part of the Ice Crew for Kings. The team, as well as its owner, are also named as defendants in the lawsuit. The complaint asks for $1 million in compensation for damages.

The Kings Ice Crew provides entertainment and leads the fan activities at home games for the hockey team. The crew also acts as brand ambassadors when not participating in hockey game activities. The plaintiff in the lawsuit became a part of the Ice Crew in 2018.

An alleged lack of safety within a team environment

The lawsuit alleges the plaintiff faced both physical and verbal harassment while a member of the Ice Crew. The woman says she lost her job after speaking out about the abuse she experienced.The plaintiff says she a team official told her she could return to work. She says she agreed to return to work, but the harassment never stopped. The second time she left the team was her choice and led to the filing of the lawsuit.

The man wearing the mascot costume for the Kings has worked for the team since 2007. In 2017, he faced another harassment suit filed by a man who says the mascot touched him improperly while the two of them shared an elevator ride. The first lawsuit ended with a settlement a year later.

Individuals facing harassment in the workplace are often left feeling stressed and alone. Many discrimination victims choose to suffer in silence for fear of the damage that may happen to their careers if they speak up for themselves. Workers who face discrimination in the workplace may find it helpful to speak with an attorney experienced with employment law.