How Speaking Against Sexual Harassment in the NBA Could Get You Fired

December 16, 2011  |  

We may have found the reason why it’s so hard to find chivalrous men these days. Perhaps it’s because those who are get fired for it. According the New York Times, a former NBA security official claims he was fired because he repeatedly tried to report instances of sexually harassment against women to his superiors. Now 50-year-old Warren Glover is suing the NBA for lost wages and damages.

As a security director for the NBA, Glover kept a stellar record at his job for 10 years. But it all came to an end last July. His suit against the NBA claims he was denied promotions because of his attempts to speak out and that senior NBA security officials “created a hostile work environment.” Glover says he once witnessed a senior security official publicly degrade a female colleague who rejected his sexual advances. Another time, Glover says a security official’s presentation contained sexually inappropriate content.

Glover was in charge of security planning for major NBA events including the NBA finals, the draft and the All-Star Weekend Jam Session. In 2004, a colleague named Selman Allsop complained that another security director, John Daniels, had made “offensive verbal remarks” to her. When Glover reported her complaints, they were dismissed as a ploy to ruin Daniel’s career.  Glover says his role in attempting to help the woman led to missed promotion opportunity.

A few years later when Daniels was again accused of sexual harassment by another woman, Glover’s report of her claims were again rebuffed. He recalls that after that situation, he was given the lowest performance evaluation since his time with the NBA.

But he believes that it was his role in a sexual harassment suit against Bernard Tolbert, the former senior vice president for security, that finally did him in. Glover testified against Tolbert on behalf of Annette Smith, his former administrative assistant. Glover was warned that his testimony would be “detrimental to his career.”

In June he was given a gold watch to celebrate his 10th anniversary with a league. A month later, he was fired for “poor performance.”

“We all had a responsibility to do something in these instances, and I did what I needed to do,” Glover tells the New York Times.  “I don’t feel I put my neck out. It may seem that way now, but under the circumstances I did it and I thought it was the right thing to do.”

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