A new lawsuit brought by an ex-contract employee in federal court has rocked USA Cricket once more. Kirk Greaves (complainant) is suing the cricket board for USD 2 million in damages, alleging “race discrimination” in employment practices.
Greaves was hired as the Operations Manager (contract) in March 2021 for a four-month probationary period and a monthly salary of USD 5,000, which was raised by another 1500 by the time he was fired in the first week of April 2022. Greaves’ lawsuit claims a “toxic work environment, unlawful employment practices, wage discrepancy, and discrimination,” as well as the utilization of a fund set aside for his full-time conversion to boost an offer for a white employee.’
Greaves further claimed that Richard Done (Director of Cricket Operations) sent him a termination letter that was ‘pursuant’ to the Cricket Committee’s decision. Greaves counters this with an email from Srini Salver, a member of the cricket committee, stating that “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.