Indiana residents may be interested to learn about a wrongful termination case that was filed against CNN. A 51-year-old African and Latino-American man who worked at the station for 17 years claims that his firing was a result of age and race discrimination by his boss. He also alleges that the termination was in retaliation for prior complaints he had made about workplace discrimination.
Before he was fired, the plaintiff had worked as a field producer for the vast majority of his 17-year career at the network. His promotion to producer in 2003 was a first for any African-American man at CNN. In 2004, however, the plaintiff claims that a new vice president and bureau chief for the Western region made it well known that he was unwelcome at the bureau because of his color, race and ancestry.
On Jan. 28, the man was terminated from his position at CNN for allegedly copying three sentences of text from another source in a story he had written. According to the plaintiff, the disciplinary action that was taken against him was grossly disproportionate to his alleged wrongdoing. He claims that the termination has caused him to suffer from depression and anxiety, and he is seeking $5 million in damages from the cable network.
When employees are fired from their jobs due to unlawful discrimination, they may suffer significant financial damages while struggling to secure employment elsewhere without a positive employer reference. An employment law attorney may be able to help an individual in this situation to seek some financial compensation from the former employer through the filing of a wrongful termination lawsuit.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Former CNN Employee Alleges Race And Age Discrimination In Wrongful Termination Suit", Cavan Sieczkowski, October 07, 2014