In the initial comments for Phoenix Suns Employees on Monday, attorneys from the New York-based Wachtell Lipton firm investigating the team and majority owner Robert Sarver addressed concerns about retaliation, confidentiality and deadlines for reimbursement. city, union sources told ESPN.
Two corporate attorneys – David Anders and Sarah Eddy – were in Phoenix and led the conversation with employees over a Zoom call, union sources said.
The company is working on behalf of the NBA, announced the investigation following ESPN story – based on interviews with more than 70 current and former Suns employees – reported allegations of a sometimes toxic and hostile workplace of racism and sexism during Sarver’s 17-year tenure in Phoenix. During the call, it was noted that the company had led previous NBA investigations, including LA Clippers and Atlanta Hawks.
The attorneys on the call explained that anyone who wanted to keep the potential final report confidential would actually be kept secret, according to union sources.
Employees have also been informed, union sources said, that a thorough investigation will take time and that attorneys are interested in all views from all employees.
Union sources said it was the duty of lawyers to find out the truth and not show any prejudice in the investigation. They also encourage engagement and cooperation and acknowledge concerns employees may have about retaliation, union sources said.
Employees were encouraged to contact the two attorneys directly, union sources said, although it was explained that the process would not be completed quickly and would also include relevant documentation.
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/32641522/sources-law-firm-investigating-phoenix-suns-owner-robert-sarver-says-team-employees-granted-confidentiality | Investigative law firm Phoenix Suns, owner Robert Sarver said the group’s employees will be kept confidential