The issue of the lack of racial diversity in the National Hockey League (“NHL”) is not a new one, but with the filing of a new lawsuit in California on January 25, 2011, it appears that the NHL may have other discrimination issues to worry about as well.  Jason Bailey, a Jewish hockey player drafted by the Anaheim Ducks and assigned to play with their minor league affiliate the Bakersfield Condors, is suing the Ducks for religious discrimination and failure to prevent harassment.  According to the Orange County Register, Bailey’s Complaint alleges that he was subject to severe harassment from both the Condors’ head coach and assistant head coach relating to his religious beliefs.  In response to Bailey’s complaints about the harassment, both coaches were briefly suspended and made to write letters of apology, a penalty that Bailey alleges was not stiff enough.  Bailey was subsequently traded by Anaheim to the Ottawa Senators organization where he plays for their minor league affiliate, the Birmingham Senators.  Both coaches remain with the Condors although the Ducks cut their ties with the team last year.

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