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Cubs owner Joe Ricketts sued for sexual harrassment

"The Conspirator" Premiere - 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: The American Film Company founder and CEO Joe Ricketts arrives at the “The Conspirator” Premiere held at Roy Thomson Hall during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Patricia Davis and Patricia Duncan filed a federal lawsuit against Joe Ricketts and the Opportunity Education Foundation, claiming Ricketts fired them from his Nebraska-based charity after they complained of sexual harrassment.

Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade, bought the Cubs in 2009. The lawsuit isn’t team-related, though. It’s related strictly to his Opportunity Education Foundation, and, for what it’s worth, there’s nothing in the report to suggest he did any of the alleged sexual harrassing.

Davis and Duncan allege Ricketts re-hired the charity’s chief operating officer shortly after the COO was fired amid the women’s complaints. The suit alleges the COO often commented about Davis’ legs and cleavage and once putted a golf ball into Duncan’s office, saying “I’m trying to get into your hole.”

Ricketts’ attorney told the AP the lawsuit was meritless. According to the report, the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission found reasonable cause of retaliation but not of sexual harassment.