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TBS facing racial discrimination lawsuit

Texas viewers of the cable channel TBS may be interested to learn that an African-American woman who worked there for 13 years has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the company. The former employee, who was a quality assurance manager, said that a white man with fewer qualifications and skills was promoted ahead of her.

Furthermore, according to the woman, her situation was not an isolated incident. She says that black employees are paid significantly less than white ones and must work much harder in order to get promotions. She also pointed out that no black person is a senior vice president or higher at TBS.

The woman says black employees at the cable channel are relegated to positions where they are less powerful and less involved in revenue generation. On behalf of her fellow employees, the woman may file a class action lawsuit against CNN, Time Warner and TBS.

Employees are protected against discrimination and harassment on the basis of a number of characteristics including race, religion and gender. Employees might want to talk to an attorney about what constitutes workplace discrimination or harassment, whether they are part of a protected class and how to proceed. For example, an attorney might suggest that a person establish proof of a pattern of discrimination or harassment by documenting each incident and saving any evidence such as emails or voice mails. A company might try to say an employee was not promoted or was fired because of poor performance, but if the employee can show positive feedback and evaluations, this could help the case. The employee may want to begin by addressing the issue pursuant to the procedures set forth in the company manual and filing a lawsuit if the employer does not respond effectively.

Source: HNHH, "CNN & TBS Sued For Racial Discrimination By Ex-Employee", Matt F, Jan. 22, 2018

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