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ATLANTA (AP) A former Atlanta Hawks employee is accusing the professional basketball club of discriminating against white people and firing her after she complained.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Margo Kline filed a lawsuit Friday seeking punitive damages and a trial. The lawsuit says Hawks external affairs director David Lee, who is black, promoted a culture of discrimination against white people, and especially white women.
Kline, who is white, worked as a community development coordinator for five years before her March 2017 firing.
The lawsuit says Lee would make jokes about "white culture," hiring and promoting black employees - who Kline said were less qualified - over white people.
The NBA team denies Kline's claims and says it plans to defend against them. The Hawks statement says discrimination claims are taken seriously and Kline's were thoroughly reviewed.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com
Updated March 21, 2018