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Suit claims 'unwanted physical conduct'

Posted: Wednesday July 30, 2003 1:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday July 30, 2003 1:42 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was sued for sexual harassment Tuesday by a former employee.

Sumner Davenport, a property supervisor at Sterling's Beverly Hills Properties, was fired in 2002. Her lawsuit also seeks damages for wrongful termination.

Davenport said that while she worked for him, Sterling made "unwanted and offensive physical conduct" that included hugging, kissing and touching her chest.

In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Davenport says Sterling at times unbuttoned his pants and "adjust(ed) himself" while she sat across the desk from him.

Davenport said the work environment made her ill, and she had to take medical leave in April 2002. She said she didn't find out she had been fired until three months later.

A call to Sterling's Beverly Hills office Tuesday night was not immediately returned.

A separate discrimination lawsuit against Sterling is pending in federal court. It claims Sterling ordered employees at his two apartment complexes to rent only to tenants of Korean heritage, not to blacks or Hispanics.

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