Skip to content

Chivas USA sued by former employee — again

Aug 15, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

500px-Chivas_USA_logo

Former Chivas USA human resources and administrative manager Cynthia Craig filed the second lawsuit in four months against her former employer, Daily Breeze reported on Wednesday. She, like former academy coaches Daniel Calichman and Theothoros Chronopoulos, alleges discriminatory practices against non-Latinos at the club.

Most of Craig’s suit is nothing new, as she claims she was “harassed” by the team’s ownership because she could not speak Spanish. Unlike Calichman and Chronopoulos, she was not fired but elected to leave her job.

What the new lawsuit provides is a different perspective on the same phenomena. From her post in human resources, Craig was privy to discriminatory and unjustified termination practices, supposedly being told by owner Jorge Vergara to “just get it done” when he asked her to fire somebody.

One new wrinkle that Craig presents is the allegation that Chivas USA knowingly hired four Mexican coaches in January who had no legal permission to work in the United States. When Craig refused to put them on the company payroll, the owners paid them through their own channels. Those coaches eventually received work visas in April.

The final quote in Daily Breeze’s story sums up Chivas USA’s practices to this point, and with a former human resources employee now making serious allegations, Major League Soccer could be incentivized to act sooner rather than later with regard to the team’s ownership:

“Plaintiff complained to [club president José] David regarding the discriminatory termination and hiring process, and requested that David allow her to coordinate open recruitments,” the complaint states. “David refused, and continued to hire only employees from Mexico or persons who were recommended by Chivas Guadalajara.”

Latest Posts
  1. What to expect as USA, Premier League star Geoff Cameron joins ProSoccerTalk

    Nov 20, 2014, 3:02 PM EST

    Cameron AP

    Details on Geoff Cameron’s exciting new role with ProSoccerTalk.

  2. FIFA saga takes new twist: World Cup corruption report to be reviewed

    Nov 20, 2014, 2:31 PM EST

    Michael Garcia, Joachim Eckert Michael Garcia, Joachim Eckert

    Review of FIFA’s corruption report ordered, as Qatar, Russia scrutinized once again.

  3. VOTE – Best choice for MLS expansion: Las Vegas, Sacramento or Minneapolis?

    Nov 20, 2014, 1:32 PM EST

    Vikings Stadium Football AP

    You get your say. After MLS held talks with cities in California, Nevada and Minnesota, is this the right move for the league?

  4. Mix-up: Manchester United say Daley Blind out for six months, then deny it

    Nov 20, 2014, 12:02 PM EST

    Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League Getty Images

    Blind was ruled out for six months by United’s Twitter account… but there’s been a twist.

  5. Finalists for 2014 MLS awards announced: No MVP for BWP, and much more

    Nov 20, 2014, 10:54 AM EST

    Seattle Sounders v Los Angeles Galaxy - Western Conference Championship - Leg 1 Getty Images

    Here are the finalists for MLS 2014 awards. Agree? Disagree?

  6. Olivier Giroud makes shock return for Arsenal, fit for Manchester United clash

    Nov 20, 2014, 8:39 AM EST

    Olivier Giroud AP

    Giroud back a month ahead of schedule to hand Gunners massive boost.

  7. Report: Arsenal have deal in place to sign Chelsea’s Petr Cech

    Nov 20, 2014, 8:05 AM EST

    Chelsea v Paris Saint-Germain FC - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Getty Images

    Cech set for a move to the Emirates in January according to reports.

  8. MLS Expansion Draft rules released; existing teams can protect 11 players

    Nov 19, 2014, 8:59 PM EST

    MLSLogoEdit1

    Ready yourself for the MLS Expansion Draft, slated for December 10th.

  9. WATCH: Funny Arsenal mockumentary with player’s “relatives”

    Nov 19, 2014, 7:05 PM EST

    Darren Ox

    Meet uncle Kenny Wilshere, Trudy Mertesacker and Darren Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  10. Dan Kennedy selected first by FC Dallas in MLS Dispersal Draft

    Nov 19, 2014, 6:21 PM EST

    Vancouver Whitecaps v Chivas USA Getty Images

    Dan Kennedy is heading to FC Dallas. See where all 7 players selected in today’s draft are heading.

  11. Nigeria out of 2015 African Cup of Nations after draw with South Africa

    Nov 19, 2014, 5:39 PM EST

    FBL-CHAN-2014-NGR-CIV Getty Images

    A 2-2 draw with South Africa sees Nigeria out of the African Cup of Nations finals.

Featured video

Preview: Arsenal vs. Manchester United