Lanterns: Lawsuit Accuses CNN of Rampant Racism


Lawsuit Accuses CNN of Rampant Racism

Employees of CNN have signed on to a class-action lawsuit accusing the news giant of rampant racism and disparities based on race.  The complaint charges that African-American workers receive lower performance ratings in evaluations, that there exist wage disparities between employees in comparable positions because of race, and that the promotion of minority employees is blocked by a “glass ceiling.”  The lawsuit also alleges a hostile work environment rife with racial slurs and insults.  

The New York Post reports:

Minority employees had to endure bigoted remarks such as “It’s hard to manage black people” and “Who would be worth more: black slaves from times past, or new slaves?,” according to a complaint by former workers Celeslie Henley and Ernest Colbert Jr. filed in Atlanta federal court.

Colbert Jr. also claims he was paid thousands less than white colleagues as a manager at the affiliated Turner Broadcasting System.

Henley, a former CNN executive assistant, says she was fired in 2014 for complaining that black employees were being paid less than white counterparts.

Since the filing of this action on March 23rd, lawyers claim that they have been contacted by more than 175 current and former CNN employees wishing to join the suit.  All have similar complaints of targeted racial discrimination and biased practices perpetrated by the Network.

News outlets quick to point out the handful of lawsuits against right-leaning Fox News or the dismissal of right-wing pundits because of allegations of sexual harassment have been largely silent about the CNN lawsuit.  Considering CNN has a history of on-air talent calling President Trump and his supporter’s “racist;” the silence is deafening, no?  

Written by Traci Belmonte

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