The Barlcays Center is at the center of a new lawsuit by three black luxury box holders who claim they were the target of racism by the stadium’s employees.
In a suit filed in Brooklyn federal court, black staffers of Ludwig’s Drug Store, based in Prospect Heights, claim Barclays employees have intentionally ignored their food and drink orders, overcharged them for pizza and even accused them of skipping out on bills. Ludwig’s purchased rights to a luxury box for three years, at a cost of close to $1 million.
Glen DeFreitas, Sean Scarborough, and Jermaine Pratt say they have been singled out because of their race, with employees sending security guards to investigate their box for no real reason.
“They are often ignored by defendants staff and are forced to wait extensive periods of time for their orders to be fulfilled. Generally their orders arrive hours after they are placed, if they arrive at all,” the suit claims.
DeFreitas claims that the Baclays Senior Vice President of suite and ticket sales asked the group why they were hanging around the luxury area of the arena saying, “Why are you always here? You’ve been coming here a lot.”
The suit is seeking $4 million in damages.
A Barclays spokesperson said in a statement, “We take these matters very seriously and will immediately and thoroughly investigate them.”