Report: Former staffer sues Oscar De La Hoya for 'unethical' conduct, 'illicit' demands while intoxicated

A former employee claims Oscar De La Hoya demanded that he bail him "out of life-threatening situations while he was highly intoxicated." (Getty)
A former employee claims Oscar De La Hoya demanded that he bail him "out of life-threatening situations while he was highly intoxicated." (Getty)

A radio DJ hired in 2010 by Oscar De La Hoya to run entertainment ventures for Golden Boy Promotions is suing the former boxer, accusing him of mistreating him during their working relationship.

David “Tattoo” Gonzalez — a Los Angeles DJ — claims that De La Hoya demanded that he was “on call at all hours” to bail him out of trouble while he was drunk and high and forced him to work with injured ribs in a lawsuit obtained by “The Blast.”

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‘Compromising situations’

The suit claims that De La Hoya demanded “highly personal, improper, and illicit non-work-related duties at De La Hoya’s request and on his behalf.”

From the lawsuit:

“Among various things, on countless occasions over the course of over three years, De La Hoya would contact (Gonzalez) at all hours of the night in need of help from various compromising situations and, in most cases, assisting De La Hoya out of life-threatening situations while he was highly intoxicated and under the influence of various substances.”

Gonzalez claims that De La Hoya didn’t pay him properly for meal breaks and overtime, calling his business conduct “immoral, unethical, oppressive and unscrupulous.”

Suit claims plaintiff was forced to work while injured

Gonzalez claims that De La Hoya demanded that he work after he suffered broken ribs in a car accident, threatening to fire him if he didn’t.

“Golden Boy demanded that he continue to work and threatened him with termination if he did not continue to work. ... (Gonzalez) felt compelled to attend Golden Boy events ... and was even required to drive injured for hundreds of miles to a Golden Boy event in Coachella Valley,” the lawsuit states.

Gonzalez cites “severe emotional destress” among many other disorders stemming from his time working with De La Hoya and is suing for emotional distress and unlawful business practices, seeking at least $10,000 per claim, according to The Blast.

De La Hoya and Golden Boy did not respond to TMZ requests for comment.

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