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Fired producer sues CNN over age, race discrimination

In a case that could be of interest to Michigan residents, a former television news producer is suing CNN for discrimination and wrongful termination. The 51-year-old producer covered major U.S. news events, such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the 2012 presidential election over his 17 years with the network.

The plaintiff's lawsuit contends that, after becoming the first African-American man promoted to producer at CNN's Los Angeles bureau in 2003, he never received another promotion. He alleges that he applied for dozens of positions over the next 10 years but that white employees who were younger and less experienced repeatedly won jobs he was more qualified for.

The plaintiff blames his inability to move up on a CNN vice president who took over the network's Western region in 2004. He claims the vice president did not like him and did not want him at the L.A. bureau because of his race and other federally protected characteristics. He also alleges that his termination over plagiarism charges was not justified.

The plaintiff alleges he was fired because of his age, race and as retaliation for complaining about the discrimination he experienced. He is seeking $5 million in damages for anxiety, depression and emotional distress.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces employment discrimination laws under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII forbids workplace discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion or national origin. The EEOC also enforces the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, which is designed to protect workers age 40 and over. If an employee believes they have been a victim of wrongful termination or workplace discrimination, they might want to meet with an attorney who is familiar with employment law.

Source:, "Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination Questions and Answers," Nov. 21, 2009

Source:, "Former CNN Employee Alleges Race And Age Discrimination In Wrongful Termination Suit", October 07, 2014

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