Jewish hockey player sues NHL team for religious discrimination


(JTA)  — A Jewish hockey player has sued the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks for religious discrimination and harassment based on religion.

Jason Bailey, 23, in a lawsuit filed Tuesday in California’s Orange County Superior Court, accused the coaches of one of the Ducks’ affiliate teams of making anti-Semitic remarks and harassment.

Bailey said he was subjected to "a barrage of anti-Semitic, offensive and degrading verbal attacks regarding his Jewish faith" by Martin Raymond, head coach of the Bakersfield Condors. The suit says assistant head coach Mark Pederson also made anti-Semitic remarks about Bailey.

The suit claims that Bailey was the victim of religious discrimination, harassment based on religion, intentional infliction of emotional distress and retaliation. It asserts that he lost income, benefits and suffered humiliation, according to CNN.

Bailey was drafted by the Ducks in 2005, but has not played in the NHL. He was traded last year and now plays right wing for the Binghamton Senators, a farm team for the Ottawa Senators.

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