Lawsuit alleges Houston Rockets players harassed gay Barclays Center caterer
A 28-year-old homosexual food service worker alleges in a recently filed lawsuit that he was harassed by members of the Houston Rockets last year.
Tate was an employee of Levy Restaurant catering department whose job is to provide food service for the locker rooms housing the visiting team, the Nets dancers and referees.
The suit alleges that Rasean Tate heard the taunts while his back was turned as he was setting up a buffet in the Rockets’ locker room during a game at Barclays Center last year.
Via the New York Daily News:
“Get this f—– out of here!” and “He’s trying to catch a sneaky peaky!” are two comments hurled at him and accompanied by laughter, according to the suit filed Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court.
A representative of the Brooklyn Nets allegedly witnessed the Feb. 22, 2013, incident and told Tate to leave the locker room and that he would “take care of it,” according to the suit.
Tate, who acknowledges he is gay in the lawsuit, alleges that he was later barred from working in locker rooms, private VIP settings and other areas, lucrative because of overtime pay, because of his sexual orientation.
According to the suit, Tate reported what allegedly occurred to a supervisor afterward and subsequently received an apology from Nets’ vice president of human resources.
Tate reportedly is pursuing unspecified monetary damages from both the Rockets and his employer, Levy Restaurant Holdings.
The Brooklyn Nets were not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, nor was Barclays Center.