Did Las Vegas Ice vs. Derekah Hamby discriminate? She thinks so – Daily News

I hope Sparks throws Derekah Hamby a big, glorious baby shower.

Really, I hope LA does.

Hamby is a dynamic 6-foot-3 forward. she Rank No. 21 In ESPN’s ranking of last season’s WNBA players, when a key part of the Las Vegas Aces completed their first championship puzzle.

She is 29. A two-time All-Star. Sixth Woman of the Year twice. About to become a mother of two.

And starting Saturday morning is a member of Sparks.

They scored a great score Get Hamby in a deal with the Aceswho threw a first-round pick in 2024 versus Amanda Zahoy B, a reserve center, and a 2024 second round.

The imbalance of the deal made you wonder if Hamby’s carry was included in the ace’s calculations.

The post she wrote on Instagram on Saturday afternoon, alleging “unprofessional and unethical” treatment by her former employer, tells you she sure is.

“Trading is part of the job,” Hamby acknowledged.

She added, “Lying, intimidating, manipulating and discriminating isn’t it” for the people in the back with the daughter on her lap.

The Aces did not respond to an email seeking comment, and have not yet publicly sought to rebut Hamby’s assertions or share their point of view.

Hamby’s most famous basketball play was her miracle shot in the 2019 WNBA playoffs, an inexplicable game-winner in an elimination game against the Chicago Sky: She stole a pass down the middle of the court and then hit a one-legged 38-foot run—not at the buzzer, but with 7.6 to go. a second. A legendary NO-NO-NO! – yes! –what!?!

Hampi’s biggest miracle yet? Her daughter Amaya, who has been a regular and adorable presence at her side since her birth in 2017, wrote about her, photographed her and Featured prominently in the Aces’ social media marketing.

Leaving Las Vegas now by trade makes Hampy feel like her own child due in March A prodigy would have been too much for the franchise she played for her entire eight-year career in the WNBA. This included loading up on those prizes mentioned above – and earning An invitation to join the 12-member US Women’s National Team in the World Cup Qualifiers – After, after Amaya arrives on February 5, 2017.

in March , She’s back in San Antonio (where the franchise was located prior to Las Vegas), was played in the then-Stars’ first preseason tilt on April 29 and then never missed a game all season.

She said several times that she plans to play this season, and wrote on Saturday that she is training for this.

“Players rise after birth, in my opinion,” Hamby said he told WSLAM last year. “A lot of that comes with maturity as well, but just the power that I play with, the hunger and the power, the heart that I play with, I think comes with giving birth.”

But, in her opinion, she and the aces disagreed on that.

It is important to note that Hampy I signed an extension in June For a reported $169,000 in both 2023 and 2024, just under the maximum the Aces could have paid her and likely less than she could have earned as a free agent.

About that, she wrote: “I have been promised things that entice me into signing an extension of my contract which has not been followed through. I was accused of signing my extension knowingly pregnant. This is not true.”

“I was told I was a ‘question mark’…and there was concern about my level of commitment to the team. I was told ‘I haven’t cut my end of the bargain’…because ‘nobody expects me to get pregnant in the next couple of years.'”

I was asked if I was planning to get pregnant. When I answered “no,” I was then told that I “do not take the necessary precautions not to get pregnant…”

And: “I was rolling because I couldn’t get ready and we needed bodies.” “

So there is something called the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.

Discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions is prohibited – or presumed. What does discrimination include during pregnancy? Treating an individual unfavorably in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, wages, job assignments…

I suppose you could argue (if you didn’t look at last season’s WNBA standings) that trading isn’t a cut. She will be paid according to the contract you signed.

But the way Hampy heard her tell her, the move was a punitive response to her pregnancy. She points out that she felt like she was pregnant, because she wasn’t taking her exercises — her work — seriously.

And if a WNBA team—whose entire product is built on the talent and contributions of women—can’t figure out how to deal with its employees bearing children, what hope is there for the rest of the workforce?

Athletes’ careers are short, and in those years, their jobs are often exceptionally physically demanding. So pregnant gamers are, in a sense, navigating an extreme version of the complex calculus that many moms-to-be make out.

But whether we’re trying to, say, break into a TV writer’s room or curry favor with society as an elementary school principal, having a baby can be a setback, career-wise. Because every organization or company has its own version of a salary cap, competition in the job market is hardly limited to sports.

Prior to 2020 in the WNBA, players only earned half of their wages when they were out while pregnant, and received full compensation only after the new collective bargaining agreement was enacted.

Only this season will the league allow teams to replace a player on maternity leave at the applicable minimum salary without it counting against the salary cap or having to apply for the hardship list — though the salary of a pregnant player will continue to count.

However, stigma still exists around pregnancy. You know, this whole business of human development. inhabits the planet. Literally life!

the The WNBPA issued a statement After Hamby got involved, saying he had “serious concerns” and requesting a thorough investigation to ensure players’ rights under the league’s collective bargaining agreement, as well as those under state and federal law, were not violated.

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