VIA FACSIMILE (202) 663-4110 and CERTIFIED MAIL
May 26, 2000
Ms. Ida L. Castro
United States Equal Opportunity
1801 L Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20507
Re: Baltimore Orioles Baseball Team Discriminatory Practice
Dear Madam Chairwoman:
This letter is to formally call to the EEOC's attention a matter of great public concern within its jurisdiction.
Judicial Watch is a non-profit, non-partisan, public interest law firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Miami, Florida, and San Marino, California. We have a number of clients of Cuban ancestry who, through irrepressible bravery and determination, succeeded in escaping the tyranny of Communist Cuba. Consequently, it was with sorrow and disgust that we recently learned a professional baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles (owned by a Maryland attorney named Peter Angelos), has adopted a policy of refusing to "sign" (i.e. employ) baseball players who have defected from Cuba. We have enclosed the following articles for your information: "Orioles won't make a pitch for Cuban defectors," The Washington Times, May 17, 2000, by Brooke Tunstall; "Orioles' policy on Cubans may be illegal," The Washington Times, May 23, 2000, by Eric Fisher and Brooke Tunstall; and "Helms asks Reno for Orioles probe," The Washington Times, May 26, 2000, by Eric Fisher and Brooke Tunstall.
The apparent conduct of the Baltimore Orioles and Mr. Angelos is not only contemptible; it is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and 29 CFR Section 16076.2, which outlaw denial of employment because of national origin. We refer you also to 29 CFR Section 1606.1, where the EEOC defines national origin discrimination as clearly including the conduct described in the enclosed articles.
It is with the foregoing considerations in mind that Judicial Watch is submitting this information to the EEOC pursuant to 29 CFR Section 1601.6. On behalf of every courageous Cuban baseball player who has defected to pursue a dream of one day playing in the "big leagues," we request the immediate issuance of a "Commissioner charge" for an inquiry into the systematic discrimination apparently being practiced by the Baltimore Orioles and Mr. Angelos.
We appreciate your prompt attention to this matter.
JUDICIAL WATCH, INC.
Chairman and General Counsel
cc: Clifford Gregory Stewart, General Counsel
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