Originally written on Bob's Blitz  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The Barclays Center had a $4 million dollar lawsuit filed against it in Brooklyn federal court yesterday by luxury-box holders who claim the arena's staff is racist.Ludwig’s Drug Store, of Prospect Heights, purchased rights to the box for three years on October 10 for nearly $1 million – but employees claim that they’ve been treated worse than nosebleed shmoes ever since inking the pricey deal.Barclays staffers have accused them of skipping out on bills, ignoring their food and drink orders and even dispatching security guards to investigate their box, according to the suit.The final straw came when they were charged $1,000 for pizza during a recent visit, the suit states.(Steve Cuozzo might just say that's how all Barclays food comes...) The Post's Selim Algar continued:Pharmacy staffers Glen DeFreitas, Sean Scarborough, and Jermaine Pratt claim that they’ve been singled out for the shoddy treatment because they are black –and argue that other luxury box holders at the home of the Brooklyn Nets are treated like royalty.“Since the licensing of the box, Glen Defreitas, Jermaine Pratt and Sean Scarborough have been subject to adverse treatment because of their race,” the suit states.Defreitas alleges that Barclays Senior Vice President of suite and ticket sales Brian Basloe approached him on several occasions to ask why he was hanging around the ritzy portions of the arena.“Why are you always here?” he asked, according to the suit. “You’ve been coming here a lot.”The trio claims that they are the only black luxury box licensees at Barclays Center.“We have neither received legal papers nor any complaints from the suite holder,” Barclays communication director Barry Baum told The Post. “In fact, we have never received a complaint like this since Barclays Center has opened. We have a zero tolerance policy for any type of discriminatory behavior. It is against everything that Barclays Center stands for. We take these matters very seriously and will immediately and thoroughly investigate them.”**Follow us on Twitter, View via Our Mobile Site, or Return HomeFollow us on Twitter. Subscribe or Return to Bob's Blitz.
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