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Cubs owner Joe Ricketts sued for sexual harrassment

Jun 22, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

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Patricia Davis and Patricia Duncan filed a federal lawsuit against Joe Ricketts and the Opportunity Education Foundation, claiming Ricketts fired them from his Nebraska-based charity after they complained of sexual harrassment.

Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade, bought the Cubs in 2009. The lawsuit isn’t team-related, though. It’s related strictly to his Opportunity Education Foundation, and, for what it’s worth, there’s nothing in the report to suggest he did any of the alleged sexual harrassing.

Davis and Duncan allege Ricketts re-hired the charity’s chief operating officer shortly after the COO was fired amid the women’s complaints. The suit alleges the COO often commented about Davis’ legs and cleavage and once putted a golf ball into Duncan’s office, saying “I’m trying to get into your hole.”

Ricketts’ attorney told the AP the lawsuit was meritless.  According to the report, the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission found reasonable cause of retaliation but not of sexual harassment.

  1. kopy - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Admittedly, I’ve laughed at many inappropriate jokes before. However, that putting euphemism is a stretch at best, and a total dud.

  2. Utley's Hair - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Is Jack McCoy going to represent him?

  3. halladaysbicepts - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Oh, so horrible. A man made a pass at a woman, and it’s immediatly sexual harrassment because she was fired, or maybe because she wasn’t a good employee? Sick media crap.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:38 PM

      The women are claiming that they were fired AFTER they complained of sexual harassment—not the other way around.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:46 PM

        Hair, I got that. Still, not a major story because nothing has been proven and still may be a spitefull employee. The stupid people want to believe that the “bad man” is responsible for the firing and not the women’s “ineptitude” to do her job.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:59 PM

        Just mentioning it because your comment made it seem like it was the other way around.

        But there are plenty of “bad men” around, so if he did do it, I hope he gets nailed for it. If not, the plaintiffs should be held liable for court costs for a frivolous lawsuit.

        As far as civil remedies on his part, my uneducated guess is that they probably don’t have much—though I emphasize that I have no idea about their positions in life.

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM

      You know what, on another note, since this is a NBC sports owned blog, what gives with showing a group of children pledging alligence to the flag before the U.S. open and “under God” was ommited? This should have been addressed by all NBC blogs on this site because it was a disgrace to the country. Pathetic.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM

        Yeah, give (2) thumbs down to that comment, regardless of whether or not you like my opinions. Class at it’s best.

    • madaozeki - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:56 PM

      This is not a man making a pass at a woman in a bar. This is a man in a position of power over 2 women making blatant sexual comments directly to them in the workplace. This created a hostile work environment that made the women uncomfortable coming to work, so they filed a complaint. As a result, they were fired.

      In other words, you fail.

  4. goldensombrero3000 - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Hopefully the Cubs will add this to their history of campy lore. They are good at that.

  5. SmackSaw - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    What an idiot. The joke wasn’t even funny.

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:55 PM

      What joke are you even talking about, SmackSaw?

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM

        The putting one:

        The suit alleges the COO often commented about Davis’ legs and cleavage and once putted a golf ball into Duncan’s office, saying “I’m trying to get into your hole.”

      • SmackSaw - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM

        The suit alleges the COO often commented about Davis’ legs and cleavage and once putted a golf ball into Duncan’s office, saying “I’m trying to get into your hole.”

        That joke. Like I stated before, stupid is strong with you.

  6. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:04 PM

    Someone should sue the Cubs for harassing the game of baseball with their play this season.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:10 PM

      Is the flooding up in North Dakota affecting you? Or is it basically centralized in the northwestern parts?

      • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:40 PM

        The flood is almost exclusively in the NW part of the state. That area has received between 15-20 inches of rain over the last 7 weeks. Minot is the major area of concern. 10,000 people have been ordered to be evacuated in a city of a little over 30,000 people. Fargo’s flooding usually occurs in March or April.

      • cur68 - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:32 PM

        Jeez royalsfan’, that’s a lot of people out of their homes. Let’s hope the monsoons give you a pass. You’d miss baseball if you had to relocate.

    • jwbiii - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:16 PM

      Look at the bright side. . . the Cubs have three in KC starting tomorrow. Glad to hear you’re not being flooded, evacuated, etc.

  7. purdueman - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    PERVERT! So very Cubbie though too!

  8. mythoughts4now - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Woman to woman, this is sad!!! Seriously, what a horrible way to go after a successful hard working man and his organization, which was establish to help others! The “Patrica’s” of the world make it difficult for the rest of us hard working woman to be taken seriously -save it for real sexual harassment! I bet your mothers are NOT impressed!

    • purdueman - Jun 29, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      Being a rich “good old boy”, I bet that if an out of court settlement isn’t reached in order to hush up the details, we’ll find that he likely chased her around a desk in the office too! ;-(

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