CNN is in huge trouble. Close to 200 former/current black employees are suing them for racial discrimination.
Back in December, only a few outlets were covering the lawsuit filed against CNN by employees based on racial discrimination. Well, it’s growing and it’s getting worse.
CNN had not responded to the complaint but 175 current and past employees have banded together against the most trusted news source company.
In reading the complaints, slurs like “It’s hard to manage black people” were used against these employees. Albeit they are only allegations, these employees are going to be hard to turn away from and discount.
If CNN starts going after Fox News skeletons, someone needs to remind them of their cemetery plot.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Unlike the lawsuit against Fox News, the one against CNN and sister companies is much broader, claiming among other things that African-Americans receive lower performance ratings in evaluations, that there are dramatic differences in pay between similarly situated employees of different races and that the promotion of African-American employees is blocked by a “glass ceiling.” The complaint (see here) cites hiring and advancement statistics while alleging that African-American employees have endured slurs from superiors, including “It’s hard to manage black people” and “Who would be worth more: black slaves from times past, or new slaves?”
While the Fox News suit has grown by one additional employee, the case against CNN may soon become bigger by many multiples.
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That’s because after the defendants moved for dismissal or at least a more definitive statement about specific allegations, also raising the prospect that some of the claims may be barred by statute of limitations or by plaintiffs not exhausting administrative remedies, the plaintiffs’ attorneys told the judge of their wish to file an amended complaint.
According to a plaintiffs’ motion to amend that was filed March 23, “Since the filing of this action, counsels for the plaintiffs have been contacted by more than 175 people, both former and current employees of the Defendant, requesting to be members of the putative class action, all having similar complaints of intentional racial discrimination, discrimination impact and discriminatory practices employed by the Defendants.”
The attorneys also write that many of the potential members recently coming forward are within the administrative process at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and awaiting their 90-days right-to-sue letter.
Time Warner has been given until April 14 to respond to the motion to amend the complaint.
Here is the complaint:344023776-CNN-Discrimination
CNN might have to change its name to BNN after this lawsuit if completed. This is a huge scandal in the making and we have a front row seat.
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