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Ex-NHL Official Alleges Firing for Reporting Racist Comments

Nov. 18, 2020, 9:12 PM

The National Hockey League is facing a whistleblower suit by a former official who alleges he was fired for reporting a co-worker’s racist comments and participating in an investigation of those complaints.

Laurence Sullivan alleges that his co-worker Pat DeLorenz regularly made racially offensive comments about Black people.

He asserts that his supervisor and other NHL officials and crew were “exposed to DeLorenzo’s intentionally racist comments,” but failed to take any remedial action.

After providing recordings of DeLorenz’s comments to the human resources department and to senior counsel for the NHL, the complaint alleges, Sullivan became “the target of a ...