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Magic Johnson fired me for being too old, says flight attendant in his private jet...
NY Daily News ^ | 10/26/12

Posted on 05/14/2014 4:02:27 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

A former employee of Magic Johnson says the basketball legend fired her for being seven minutes late to work — a delay she blames on his request for a turkey sandwich.

Lanita Thomas filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court this week saying her dismissal over tardiness was actually a “pretext” for ageism. She is 45 years old.

(Excerpt) Read more at m.nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ageism; agism; discrimination; fired; lawsuit; magicjohnson; untouchable
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Again, I don't know how this played out in court, but since the media is apparently treating Magic Johnson as the untouchable holy one...as if he is above criticism.

Lanita Thomas might beg to differ.

1 posted on 05/14/2014 4:02:27 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

I wanna puke when I hear “Legend” attached to these fat-cat players. What’s so magical about being taller than the basket.


2 posted on 05/14/2014 4:06:19 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SoFloFreeper
Magic Johnson has a private jet! Someone alert his good friend Obama!!
3 posted on 05/14/2014 4:07:16 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Sacajaweau

At one point, he was one of the three best players in the NBA, for maybe a decade. In a knock-out, drag-out game....other than Larry Bird....this was the guy you wanted in the last ten minutes of a game when it really mattered. Time may have passed, and I won’t say Magic has any real executive or management skills...but he did know how to play basketball before this era of wannabe players.


4 posted on 05/14/2014 4:10:34 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

If I could choose one player of all-time to start an NBA team, it would be Magic Johnson.

To the point of the article, it’s his jet and he is entitled to hire and fire for whatever reason he wishes.


5 posted on 05/14/2014 4:17:58 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: SoFloFreeper

“[Johnson] directed Ms. Thomas to regularly squeeze his Red Vines to make sure they were soft and ready to eat.”

So that’s what it’s being called now...the much-maligned chicken is off the hook.


6 posted on 05/14/2014 4:18:04 AM PDT by twister881
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To: SoFloFreeper

When boys grow into physical maturity playing games and getting paid millions to do it, they essentially remain boys - without the innocence. There are, of course, some fine men among professional sports but even the most ardent fan needs a moment to think of one or two. The thugs and maturation retarded seem to be the rule. Spending precious time following who chased the ball the best is beyond me; I’ve got stuff to do.


7 posted on 05/14/2014 4:21:39 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: SoFloFreeper

I can’t stand Magic. I’m a big Michigan State University fan and remember their 1979 championship. For most of my life he was a big hero.

Then he started pushing obamacare. He obviously knows nothing about it but he says he has to stick up for obama due to race(!). What a fool.


8 posted on 05/14/2014 4:24:02 AM PDT by Tigercap
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To: SoFloFreeper

I think magic should lose all of his comanies due to age discrimination—worse than racial discrimination that got sterling in trrouble!


9 posted on 05/14/2014 4:35:22 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Magic Johnson? I seem to remember something about him and thug ball.... Oh ya, wasn’t he the thug ball player that got aids from dipping his johnson (or having someone else dip their johnson) where it wasn’t supposed to be?

Since he got aids I guess his johnson wasn’t so magic after all.


10 posted on 05/14/2014 4:37:08 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: pepsionice

All true, but he has been on an intensive image-rehab campaign since his initial retirement with, as usual, the willing help of the lefty press.

He’s never provided an adequate explanation for his HIV status short of giving it the aw-shucks-we-were-jocks wink and nod routine.

Karl Malone got a very early taste of what it’s like to point out some common-sense concerns about HIV transmission and/or the dearth of contemporary medical research in the area. Suddenly he was Lucifer subverting the redemption tale and the press attacked him accordingly.

He is a figurehead and a token on a par with Barack Obama yet we are constantly informed he is a ‘businessman.’ If Johnson is a businessman then I’m a 747 captain because I occasionally walk through an airport.

It’s hilarious on one level because these people’s egos need constant feeding. Johnson fancies himself the hand that will still the waters of race and basketball and that, as with Obama and the Clintons, his sordid past is somehow off-limits.

Now....Sterling is hardly the perfect vehicle for such contrary views but, through accident or design, he has pointed out some home truths about Johnson, with the press again kicking into high gear to defend their smiling ambassador.


11 posted on 05/14/2014 4:40:17 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: twister881

what are red vines?


12 posted on 05/14/2014 4:44:48 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: SoFloFreeper

His jet, his rules. Wonder what her employment contact says. If it says she can be let go without cause, she doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on. Even without that (fairly routine) contact language she is going to have a very tough time proving beyond reasonable doubt what his motivations were. She probably filed the suit hoping for a quick and quiet settlement (legal shakedown) and he decided to call her bluff.


13 posted on 05/14/2014 4:49:10 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: pepsionice
“...but he did know how to play basketball.”

Definitely legend material there.

14 posted on 05/14/2014 4:49:21 AM PDT by Captain7seas
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To: SoFloFreeper

Magic Johnson is the Magic Negro. . . . #2. Zero is #1.


15 posted on 05/14/2014 4:56:20 AM PDT by DeaconRed (# GIVE US OUR COUNTRY BACK- NOW! ! ! ! ! ! ! !)
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To: dalereed

16 posted on 05/14/2014 5:05:19 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: ThunderSleeps

You seem to have missed the point I was trying to make.


17 posted on 05/14/2014 5:14:44 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Skooz

“To the point of the article, it’s his jet and he is entitled to hire and fire for whatever reason he wishes.”

Yeah! Personally, if I could afford a personal jet with flt attendants and such I would cut’em loose at age 25 - perhaps making an exception for special talents or some such, lol :)


18 posted on 05/14/2014 5:15:22 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Lanita Thomas filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court this week saying her dismissal over tardiness was actually a “pretext” for ageism. She is 45 years old.

I'm not a fan of "discrimination" laws. It's his plane, if he wants to have his stewardesses all be 18 year old blond cheerleaders, that should be his business.

19 posted on 05/14/2014 5:18:18 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I do not care for Magic Johnson and if the story is true, he is a bit of a heel, but it is his jet and he can hire or fire who he wants I would think.


20 posted on 05/14/2014 5:21:14 AM PDT by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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To: snoringbear
Yeah! Personally, if I could afford a personal jet with flt attendants and such I would cut’em loose at age 25 - perhaps making an exception for special talents or some such, lol :)

I would put in language such that all personnel shall be let go at the end of a year, and then freshly re-hire any that did an exceptionally good job.

21 posted on 05/14/2014 5:22:00 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Hi jet, his choice. Mind you, I have ZERO respect for this AIDS infested, whore millionaire ex-basketball player, but he has the right to hire and fire based on whatever criteria he so desires. None of my business either way.


22 posted on 05/14/2014 5:24:13 AM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: Skooz

I would pick Bird, because he did not show the propensity to live a wanton lifestyle and get infested with preventable diseases that would shorten his career.


23 posted on 05/14/2014 5:26:01 AM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

We need pics to determine guilt or innocence.


24 posted on 05/14/2014 5:37:54 AM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: Enterprise

I didn’t know that. Wikipedia says its some sort of red licorice made in California. Who eats this stuff besides the elite mentioned above?

Thanks! I’ve learned something new today.


25 posted on 05/14/2014 5:38:56 AM PDT by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Sounds like he treated her like a slave? Where did he make all his money other than charities? He was near bankruptcy when he left the league.


26 posted on 05/14/2014 5:40:45 AM PDT by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 is here)
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To: sueuprising
I do not care for Magic Johnson and if the story is true, he is a bit of a heel, but it is his jet and he can hire or fire who he wants I would think.

So then...that begs the questions "how is that different than Sterlings situation? It is HIS team right? He should be able to hire and fire who he wants."

27 posted on 05/14/2014 6:07:24 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Magic owes me money due to income inequity.


28 posted on 05/14/2014 6:08:19 AM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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If in the contract of hire it states that she must be of looks that promote arousal with expected completion of servicing for the customers then she was terminated under proper contractual conditions.


29 posted on 05/14/2014 6:10:38 AM PDT by USCG SimTech (Honored to serve since '71)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Magic Johnson has a private jet! Someone alert his good friend Obama!!

So what, his friend Obama has one too!

30 posted on 05/14/2014 6:24:52 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

We all know Johnson will end up owning the team.


31 posted on 05/14/2014 6:33:13 AM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Living in the midst of a silent coup.)
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To: pepsionice

When Magic Johnson was asked, who is the best player in the N.B.A., he humbly (in my opinion) said, “Larry Bird on the ground and Michael Jordan in the air”.


32 posted on 05/14/2014 6:38:41 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. 1 Cor 16: 32)
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To: Graybeard58

Larry’s last three seasons were really hampered by pain, but he simply played at a level that disguised it. If you go to his first three seasons...he transformed the way that the NBA was playing. He made the other Celtics better players than what they would have ever achieved. They weren’t just average or great...they were as legendary as Larry himself. You look around today, and what you see is a wasteland. No ticket in the NBA should be valued at more than $15...it’s ‘AAA-league’ stuff.


33 posted on 05/14/2014 6:43:52 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: SoFloFreeper

SOUNDS LIKE MAGIC “BLEW A PISTON”...MAYBE TOO MUCH KAREEM IN HIS COFFEE..THE FLIGHT ATTENDENT WASN’T “WORTHY”...M.A.G.I.C....My Ass Got Infected Coach!!!


34 posted on 05/14/2014 6:52:48 AM PDT by R AND R IN 2012
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To: dalereed

Licorice sticks


35 posted on 05/14/2014 7:01:50 AM PDT by twister881
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To: John O

As my 88 year old dad calls him, HIV Johnson. (But then, he’s a Wolverine so he was never fond of him).


36 posted on 05/14/2014 7:03:03 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: Texicanus

Red licorice “is for elites”??
What planet are you from?


37 posted on 05/14/2014 7:19:59 AM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Minutemen

Last time I checked, it was Earth. You could fill a book about what I don’t know :)


38 posted on 05/14/2014 8:10:15 AM PDT by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: ThunderSleeps
"r" key giving you problems?

FMCDH(BITS)

39 posted on 05/14/2014 8:44:14 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Texicanus

It’s red licorice. We have eaten it over the years. When our kids were young it was much more prevalent in our house than now.


40 posted on 05/14/2014 9:42:52 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: dalereed

Red vines is a candy sometimes called red liquorice.


41 posted on 05/14/2014 9:54:09 AM PDT by NathanR
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To: Texicanus

Lots of people eat it. It’s quite cheap.


42 posted on 05/14/2014 9:59:14 AM PDT by NathanR
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To: PapaBear3625

I’m not a fan of them either, which is why it is interesting when rich people in protected classes get sued. One protected class against another.


43 posted on 05/14/2014 10:11:01 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs (.)
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To: Texicanus

We’ll send you a bag...LOL!


44 posted on 05/14/2014 10:26:03 AM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Skooz

Lol

Over Bill Russell or J?

Or Jerry West

Etc

I don’t watch the feral thugs anymore....I hope the whole industry goes the way of boxing

Less watched


45 posted on 05/14/2014 10:29:43 AM PDT by wardaddy (we will not take back our way of life through peaceful means.....i have 5 kids....i fear for them)
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To: NathanR

Would you believe in 70 years I never ate red licorice or recognized that brand either. Black yes, red no. Amazing.

Like I said, I learned something new today. OTOH, maybe I did eat some and don’t remember :)


46 posted on 05/14/2014 10:33:14 AM PDT by Texicanus (Texas, it's a whole 'nother country.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

All this his jet his employee platitudes in no wat detracts that he can’t be criticized for it or sued if unlawful termination

Freepers...normally not business owners....think those of us in business act like fiefdoms and can address any issue through laizzes faire (sic) freedom

It doesn’t work that way


47 posted on 05/14/2014 10:34:50 AM PDT by wardaddy (we will not take back our way of life through peaceful means.....i have 5 kids....i fear for them)
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To: mountn man

Thanks for trying to understand part of the point I was trying to make.

So many here have failed to look beyond the surface of the facts and dig even an inch or two deeper....


48 posted on 05/14/2014 10:46:41 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Texicanus

In my opinion there is only black licorice. That is why they are called Red Vines, not black vines.


49 posted on 05/14/2014 1:43:51 PM PDT by NathanR
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To: mountn man

I do not care for Magic Johnson and if the story is true, he is a bit of a heel, but it is his jet and he can hire or fire who he wants I would think.

So then...that begs the questions “how is that different than Sterlings situation? It is HIS team right? He should be able to hire and fire who he wants.”

To a certain extent. The Sterling issue had to do with some trumped up legal minutiae that left consequences in the hands of the Commissioner. One could say that the other owners, could demand that Sterling sell his share but he does not have to . The Magic Johnson situation was just the actions of a bore, who owns the jet and hires the waitresses.


50 posted on 05/14/2014 3:47:59 PM PDT by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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