A group of older men who worked for Revolt TV are suing the company for firing them for being white.
Mathew Bilt, an attorney for the men, reportedly said that racism regardless of who it is against should never be tolerated.
“Racism directed at anyone is unacceptable.”
Page Six reported that Douglas Goodstein and four other Caucasian men were producers for the televised version of the company’s talk-radio show, The Breakfast Club. Revolt TV is owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs.
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The report read that the men, all older than 39, had experience working on The Howard Stern Show, among other notable shows. The men claim that though they each had great background working in the field, their bosses treated them with contempt because of their race.
They reportedly alleged that the treatment they received at the hand of their superiors was “worse than other employees who were younger and African-American.”
The lawsuit pointed fingers at Executive Vice President Val Boreland, who “was always rude, condescending and dismissive towards the [team]. Boreland, however, treated her black employees respectfully and “much friendlier.”
Black employees who allegedly arrived on the job drunk or hungover weren’t reprimanded for their behavior, including one production assistant who “often came to work late, drunk and slept on the editing floor during work hours,” the lawsuit says.
The suit alleges that Val Boreland’s brother Anthony Boreland, who works as the assistant director of the show, believed that all white people are racist against black people.
“The animosity Mr. Boreland had towards Caucasians was clear.”
One of the show’s producers, Todd Baker, reportedly complained that guests on the show were often late, and production manager, Cherisse McKenzie, responded to his complaints saying, “he just did not understand the ‘culture’ of the show’s guests and on-air personalities.”
The lawsuit said that when the team was fired in December 2014, they were replaced with young black men who were not experienced enough for the job.
The channel’s attorney said that, “These claims are without merit and have previously been dismissed by the [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission].”
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