Kelley Hardwick, a female security official for the National Basketball Association, said in her recently filed lawsuit that Geno Auriemma, the coach of the United States Olympic women’s basketball team, tried to forcibly kiss her three years ago at a basketball tournament.
Hardwick said Auriemma had her removed as the top security official for the U.S. women’s team in retaliation, after she rebuffed his advances. Thus, she is claiming Auriemma interfered with her job and livelihood. Furthermore, she alleges that she was paid less than her male counterparts and was “slammed hard” against the league’s “glass ceiling.”
In response, Auriemma said in an email statement that he was “unaware” of this lawsuit until hearing about it in media reports. Yet, this lawsuit is not the first (and most likely not the last) involving sexual harassment charges for the N.B.A.
Other incidents include the lawsuit last December where Warren Glover, a veteran security official, accused top officials of ignoring sexual harassment complaints that he filed.
Is this a persistent sexist trend in the N.B.A.? What should be done?