Former Major League Soccer media official claims she lost her job for speaking out about racial issues within the organization following the murder of George floyd … so she continues.
Karine Travieso, who is black, filed a lawsuit against MLS with 2 of her former bosses, alleging that she was fired from her duties, banned from meetings and unfairly blamed for the mistakes of other employees after speaking at the ‘an event in June 2020.
According to legal documents, obtained by TMZ Sports … Travieso started working for MLS in 2017 and rose through the ranks to a leading role … despite what she describes as a missing work environment. diversity and inclusion.
She also describes several incidents of perceived racial stereotypes, such as one of her bosses allegedly hinting in 2018 that there needs to be extra security at the 2 channels MLS All-Star Concert because black people would attend.
According to Travieso … she was mostly silent on things like this until George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, triggered nationwide events and sensitized to the plight of blacks.
She claims she encouraged the MLS greats to issue a statement about Floyd’s death like other major sports leagues after days of silence, and they ultimately did … but she points to him as yet another example of the football organization dropping the ball.
Then, according to the documents, Travieso spoke at the Juneteenth event and “opened her heart to racial discrimination” and how she felt she couldn’t raise race issues with the leaders of the MLS.
She said she cited the 2 Chainz incident as a reason MLS needed to incorporate unconscious bias training, called on “white allies” within the organization to help her, and stressed that there was “little or no black representation in decision-making and higher echelon positions in MLS.”
According to Travieso … his speech was praised by his colleagues, but the MLS did nothing to follow up. Instead, she claims that she began to be treated differently by her bosses, that she was no longer invited to meetings she had previously attended, and that she was removed from certain roles within the ‘business.
She says she reported this to HR in October, then a month later … she was told she was being laid off due to the circumstances with COVID-19 and some corporate restructuring.
Travieso is suing for racial discrimination and reprisals, and is seeking damages. We have contacted MLS … no word back yet.