Former contractor alleges USA Cricket of racial discrimination, takes board to court

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A fresh lawsuit filed at a federal court from an ex-contract employee has rocked USA Cricket again. The plaintiff, Kirk Greaves has sought damages to the tune of USD 2 million claiming ‘racial discrimination’ in employment practices from the cricket board.

Greaves was onboarded as the Operations manager (contract) in March 2021 on a four-month probationary period with a salary of USD 5,000 per month which increased by another 1500 by the time he was terminated in the first week of April 2022. Greaves has alleged a “toxic work environment, unfair employment practices, wage disparity and discrimination” in his lawsuit and further alleges that a budget set aside for his full-time conversion was used to increase an offer for a white employee.

Greaves has further stated that a termination letter was sent to him by Richard Done (Director of Cricket Operations) who was ‘pursuant’ to the decision of the Cricket Committee. However, Greaves goes onto dispute that by exhibiting an email from Srini Salver, a member of the cricket committee, which stated “your termination was never recommended by the Cricket Committee in any board meeting but was instead discussed during a conversation about budgets.”

USA Cricket has vehemently denied all of Greaves’ accusations and is bracing for a legal battle. “USA Cricket is aware of various details of a lawsuit being brought by a former contractor against USA Cricket. The individual is one of a number of contractors previously engaged by USA Cricket whose contracts were recently not renewed. All allegations in the lawsuit are entirely false and without merit, and USA Cricket denies and will aggressively defend against them. The matter is currently in the hands of USA Cricket’s lawyers. We look forward to the case being dismissed in due course and will not be making any further comment at this time, “said a USA Cricket spokesperson. Cricbuzz understands the board took legal advice prior to terminating Greaves.

Meanwhile, there was some respite for the board and its officials later in the day with Venu Pisike and Srini Salver (both of them currently serving as directors of USA Cricket) set to withdraw their year-old lawsuit against five office bearers of the board and the then CEO. Pisike and Salver filed the litigation in March 2021 over a constitutional amendment to expel a clause that allowed members to vote in elections only after completing a year’s time as a member. The amendment was passed with a simple majority while the plaintiffs argued it required 67% of the votes to banish the clause.

Their lawsuit had also challenged the legitimacy of the reappointment of Paraag Marathe as independent director and chairman as ‘improper’ and ‘premature’. The plaintiffs had claimed the Board of Directors selected Marathe as an Independent Director prior to the election of new members to the Board of Directors which should have been held by the end of 2020.

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