Two ex-Nets locker room attendants claim they were let go because of ‘racial bias’

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Two ex-Nets locker room attendants claim they were let go because of ‘racial bias’ – but the team says it is ‘entirely comfortable with the decision not to rehire these two individuals’
Two former Brooklyn Nets employees are claiming they were dismissed because of racial bias and now want to form a labor union with help from NBA players
On Instagram, former Nets team attendants Juwan Williams and Eddie Bolden said they had both received positive reviews during their tenure with the team
However, they were told they would not be re-hired in 2020-21, and when they asked why, they were told they were ‘lazy’ and failed to follow instructions
On Instagram, the pair specifically accuses the Nets of harboring ‘racial bias,’ although the team has several other African-American locker room attendants
The pair do not appear to have been fired. Team attendants are typically seasonal employees, and the Nets have the right to renew any contract they wish

Two African-American former Brooklyn Nets employees are claiming they were dismissed because of racial bias and are now hoping to form a labor union for team attendants in partnership with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).

On Instagram, former Nets team attendants Juwan Williams and Eddie Bolden said they had both received positive reviews during their tenure with the team, but were surprised to learn on November 17 that they would not be asked to return this season. They were the only two attendants who did not return in 2020-21, according to the New York Daily News.

Williams and Bolden were not the only African-American team attendants with the club, which continues to employee several black staffers in that role.

‘Myself and my colleague have reason to believe that we were terminated due to racial bias, as well as for our beliefs and stance on the Black Lives Matter movement,’ the two announced in a public statement released on Instagram. ‘There have been numerous inconsistencies in the reasoning behind our termination as well as acknowledgment of improper handling by the franchise.’

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