Add famed Cleveland Indians leadoff hitter and stolen base king Kenny Lofton to the listing of Cleveland sports activities figures being accused of sexual misconduct in civil court docket. The retired six-time All-Star is now being sued by a former worker, who says he was fired for allegedly bringing Lofton’s lurid office habits to the eye of superiors, based on paperwork obtained by Deadspin. Lofton, who based Centerblock Asset Administration LLC, an funding agency and NFT office, is accused of retaliating in opposition to the plaintiff Brandyn Toney, who served because the artistic director for Lofton’s firm.
In line with the criticism filed in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom on Monday, a feminine worker working beneath Toney was tasked with monitoring Lofton’s Instagram and direct messages. The swimsuit claims that whereas performing her job duties, the feminine worker was typically uncovered to sexually express pictures of Lofton, who would allegedly ship pictures of his genitalia to girls on Instagram. As early as February 2022, the criticism says the feminine worker contacted in-house counsel Mark Lui. The lawsuit additional alleges that, on June 8, Lofton’s inappropriate actions have been dropped at Toney’s consideration by the feminine worker.
Hours after Toney allegedly reported the accusations in opposition to Lofton to Lui, he was terminated. Toney, who claimed to idolize Lofton and relished the chance to work for him, agreed to obtain an $85,000 wage upon his hiring, however says he as an alternative spent seven months working grueling hours for minimal wage after he was employed in December 2021. Following his termination, the swimsuit says Lofton’s firm refused to pay him his agreed-upon wage. On June 15, Toney claims he emailed Lui, to inquire concerning the suspiciousness of his firing hours after reporting the allegations in opposition to Lofton for the primary time. In response, Lui allegedly merely knowledgeable him he was not an worker of the corporate.
Toney is suing and in search of damages in opposition to Lofton’s corporations, Centerblock Asset Administration, and Proxime Company, for violations of the Truthful Employment and Housing Act, breach of contract, and harassment within the office. Deadspin reached out to Lofton and Centerblock for remark, however was unable to succeed in anybody prepared to talk with us concerning the lawsuit.
“Lofton and his government group thought they might hearth our shopper for objecting to apparent sexual misconduct and even thought they might get away with not paying him for his work,” mentioned Toney’s legal professional Ronald L. Zambrano in an e mail. “That speaks to the conceitedness and dysfunction at play each day at Centerblock and Proxime.”
If the allegations within the lawsuit are confirmed true, this can be an open and shut case. On condition that the accusations in opposition to Lofton are pretty current, will probably be fascinating to see what kind of proof Toney compiled and the way Lofton defends himself. If true, it might be additionally an particularly weird use of his authority to topic a feminine underling to his genitalia via pictures despatched to different girls. Moreover, if Lofton was certainly brazen sufficient to take advantage of a younger skilled (who admired him a lot he labored for pennies on the greenback) after which financially punished him for reporting accusations, it exemplifies a penchant for exploiting people that extends past the usually disgusting habits by public figures which were uncovered within the #MeToo period.