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Former Sparks GM Penny Toler files suit against WNBA team

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Former Los Angeles Sparks general manager Penny Toler is suing the WNBA team saying she was fired for raising complaints about inappropriate sexual relationships involving the team president and a managing partner, not for using a racial slur.

The Sparks say Toler was fired on Oct. 4 following a profanity-laced postgame tirade that included using a racial slur a few days earlier following a playoff game. In the suit filed Tuesday for gender discrimination, Toler said if she were a man, she would still be employed by the team.

Toler said her termination had more to do with retaliation “after raising complaints about the workplace conduct" of former team president Christine Simmons and team managing partner and governor Eric Holoman, “who were engaged in an extra-marital affair" during Simmons' tenure as team president - a relationship Toler said made doing her job difficult.

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