William Diaz is claiming that Major League Baseball (MLB) is anti-Latino after he was hired under a phony job title and paid less than what was agreed upon, all in an attempt “to create the appearance that it was doing something about the sharp decline in the percentage of MLB Hispanic ‘Professional Administration’ employees.”
When the security professional, who had worked with the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force was approached by MLB officials to serve a security supervisor in charge of MLB’s authenticators and resident security agents in 2008, and offered a starting salary of $95,000 a year, a company car, and a 40-hour work week, he quit his then-current job as a fraud investigator with the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
However, the job he ended up with he said was a chauffeur with a substantially lower salary.
Diaz stated that only after he resigned from his previous post was he informed that MLB could only afford to pay him $73,000 a year, and that he would be driving then-MLB President Robert Dupuy and other MLB officials and families around.
In the complaint filed on his behalf it states, “MLB planned to drastically reduce Diaz’s pay and responsibilities while giving him an important-sounding title to create the appearance that it was doing something about the sharp decline in the percentage of MLB Hispanic ‘Professional Administration’ employees.” Adding that, “As subsequent events disclosed, MLB only valued Diaz as a ‘statistic’ (and a false one at that), and was unwilling to judge him based on his objective qualifications, much less honor the specific promises it made to induce him to end his successful career at the New York State Attorney General’s office to join MLB.”
Diaz is seeking $12.8 million for racial discrimination and Labor Law violations.