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CNN Faces New Racial Discrimination Suit:- A US lawyer has re-filed the class action case against CNN, with a new set of plaintiffs and more alleged victims. Earlier in 2017, the racial discrimination suit of the lawyer against CNN was dismissed.
Daniel R. Meachum, the attorney from Atlanta city told a leading news channel that the alleged racial discrimination of the network news channel is “as abhorrent as all of the sexual harassment cases that are rightfully now being prosecuted”.
“Educated, well-intentioned, experienced and talented African-Americans are being discriminated against.”
A plaintiff in the first version, Celeslie Henley, said that after emailing the Human Resources Department about discriminatory treatment, she was allegedly fired. She worked for CNN for almost seven years. Moreover, on the career paths of African-American staffers, the liberal network had a “glass ceiling”, claimed the suit.
There are 175 plantiffs in the original lawsuit, but since Judge William Duffey Jr. essentially ruled in July the case did not have enough to move forward as a class action suit, around 30 more alleged victims have come forward.
“We are drafting a new complaint, line by line, addressing the issues that he outlined for us,” Meachum said.
Proving discrimination is “a challenge”. But, the 205 plaintiffs involved “are not overly sensitive, walking around with chips on their shoulder”, said the attorney.
As CNN continues to cause problems for parent company Time Warner as it tries to complete an $84.5 billion deal with AT&T, the news comes hereafter.
The original suit “alleged CNN and sister companies claim that African-Americans receive lower performance ratings in evaluations.”