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Dearica Hamby files discrimination complaint against Aces and WNBA

Dearica Hamby filed a discrimination complaint against the Las Vegas Aces and the WNBA. (David Becker/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dearica Hamby has filed a federal discrimination complaint against the WNBA and the Las Vegas Aces, as first reported by the Washington Post’s Molly Hensley-Clancy.

In the complaint, filed last week with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Hamby alleges that the Aces traded her to the Los Angeles Sparks in January because she was pregnant. She also contends that the WNBA “failed to properly investigate” the incident in “retaliation” for her public comments about the situation, Hensley-Clancy reported.

The 29-year-old forward went public with her claims of “unethical treatment” from the Aces after the trade, which then led to an investigation by the WNBA. Las Vegas head coach Becky Hammon received a two-game suspension for making comments related to Hamby’s pregnancy in violation of Respect in the Workplace policies.

In the complaint, Hamby recalls Hammon informing her of her trade to the Sparks: “During this conversation, I stated twice to Hammon, ‘You’re trading me because I am pregnant?’ Hammon responded, ‘What do you want me to do?'”

After winning the 2022 WNBA title with the Aces, Hamby announced her pregnancy during the Aces’ victory parade. The two-time Sixth Player of the Year gave birth to son Legend in March, and she played all 40 games of the 2023 season for the Sparks, averaging 8.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in 24.8 minutes per game.

The news of the complaint comes as Hammon and the Aces prepare to face off against the New York Liberty in the 2023 WNBA Finals.