New York hockey fans might be interested to learn that the Los Angeles Kings have suspended the actor who portrayed team mascot Bailey the lion after he was sued for sexual harassment by a former subordinate. The actor also works as the team’s senior manager of game presentation and events.

What is the basis of the lawsuit?

According to the lawsuit, which was first reported on Aug. 13, a woman who worked under the actor as a member of the Kings Ice Crew claims he repeatedly made lewd comments to her and leered at her. She further claims that he fired her in retaliation when she rebuffed his advances. After her dismissal, she says that a team official acknowledged the defendant’s conduct and promised to protect her if she returned to work. However, she alleges that, when she went back, the actor thrust his crotch in her face in the mascot locker room. This incident caused her to resign.

The woman names the actor, the Los Angeles Kings and AEG, the team’s parent company, as defendants in the lawsuit. She is reportedly seeking over $1 million in compensation for sexual harassment and retaliation. In a statement released to the press, the Kings said they have suspended the actor while they investigate the woman’s claims. In 2017, a man also filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the actor. That case was settled in 2018.

How could an attorney help victims of sexual harassment?

Federal and state laws protect New York employees from sexual harassment in the workplace. Individuals who believe they have been the victims of on-the-job harassment or retaliation may find relief by contacting an employment law firm for advice. An attorney could carefully review the case and explain all available legal options. One option may involve filing a sexual harassment complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the equivalent state agency. If the complaint is successful, the victim could be awarded a settlement that covers back pay, front pay, lost benefits, emotional distress and other related damages.