Constangy attorney Chris Deubert published a Feb. 7 article with Law360 on the complications of the Denver Broncos’ defensive coordinator job interview offer to Brian Flores, Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker coach, and senior defensive assistant, who has since accepted a position with the Minnesota Vikings.
In the article, Deubert discusses how Flores is currently suing the Broncos and the challenges that would arise if Flores had been considered a candidate for the open position.
“Flores' lawsuit alleging racial discrimination is an activity protected under state and federal law against retaliation. In other words, employers generally cannot refuse to consider a candidate because that individual has alleged that the employer has engaged in illegal discrimination,” wrote Deubert.
Deubert continues to discuss the possibilities of what would have happened if Flores had been hired by the Broncos and what large employers can learn from this situation.
Deubert is an attorney with more than twelve years of experience at law firms, in-house, and in academia, with extensive expertise in sports, litigation, and labor and employment. He previously operated as a solo practitioner, representing mostly clients in the sports industry, including but not limited to professional sports teams and athletes, sports agents, a sports marketing agency, and an NFT-related sports start-up. Deubert assisted clients with litigation, league matters, employment, transactional matters, corporate governance, corporate formation, intellectual property, sports betting, and more. Deubert frequently speaks on and publishes articles on the latest employment and labor law topics.
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