Posted Jan. 26, 2006 – Anucha Browne Sanders says New York Knicks President Isiah Thomas fired her because she complained every time he tried to push up on her.
The Knicks say the real reason she was fired was she wouldn’t do her job.
Now, it’s up to the courts to decide.
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The 43-year-old Sanders, who has been the team’s VP for marketing and business operations for the past six years, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit Tuesday, saying that Thomas often made crude comments to her and that he constantly reminded her of how attracted he was to her. She says her recent firing was a result of her complaints to human resources.
Madison Square Garden, the Knicks stadium, is also named in the lawsuit. Sanders says she asked her boss, Steve Mills, the president of Madison Square Garden Sports, for help, but he declined.
"These fabricated and outrageous charges come from an individual whom MSG fired because of an inability to fulfill professional responsibilities and who is now seeking a financial windfall," attorney Ron Green said in a statement on behalf of Madison Square Garden.
"We have always been proud of how our employees are treated, as evidenced by the fact that we have consistently taken appropriate action when employees have engaged in inappropriate behavior. We will fight these outrageous charges and defend our employees from baseless allegations intended to embarrass and harm them."
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