Man Wins $500k From A's for Mother's Day Snub

Lawyer not given a Mother's Day hat sues claimed gender discrimination

By Joe Kukura
|  Friday, Jun 19, 2009  |  Updated 6:04 PM EDT
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Man Wins $500k From A's for Mother's Day Snub

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A lawyer has successfully sued the Oakland A's because he wasn't given a breast cancer awareness cap on Mother's Day.

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The Oakland A's have reached a $510,000 settlement with a male attorney suing them because he wasn't given a commemorative cap being handed out to women at an A's game on Mother's Day 2004.

Attorney Alfred G. Rava initiated a class-action lawsuit against the A's because, as a biological male, he was not given a plaid sun hat being handed out to the first 7,500 ladies arriving at the Mother's Day game. 

He sued over a commemorative Mother's Day cap? He could have at least held out for the Giambi bobblehead. 

The whole context of the promotion make Mr. Rava's legal efforts even more deplorable. The Mother's Day promotion in question was the day of an A's-Twins contest that followed a 5k "Race For a Cure" event, a fundraiser for breast cancer research and support of breast cancer sufferers. The first 7,500 female fans entering McAfee Coliseum for the A's game were given the commemorative hat

Rava, who has initiated similar lawsuits against the Padres and Angels and was perhaps only attending the game in order to sue, claimed gender discrimination and filed a lawsuit. The A's decided last week to settle out of court. Since it's a class action suit, male attendees of that game may come forward and claim $100. But it's not $100 cash, it's $50 plus 2-for-1 A's tickets and a Macy's gift card

Shouldn't maybe Mr. Rava's attorney fees have been paid to him in two-for A's tickets and Macy's gift cards? 

Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who would point out to miffed moms and fans that attorney Alfred G. Rava's contact information is publicly available on his State Bar of California attorney profile.

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