African-American Exec Accuses Fox Sports Of Race Discrimination
Davis -- who was let go in February 2013 -- made the allegations in a lawsuit that he filed Friday against the sports division. It was first reported by the entertainment news website, Deadline.com. Davis, 52, is suing Fox Sports for racial and disability discrimination, and wrongful termination, among other charges. Fox Sports declined to comment.
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, who also had worked in the music industry, Davis was hired by Fox Sports in 1997 and worked as a music director. According to his lawsuit, he reported to a vice president, and four times over 15 years, that position was vacant. Despite Davis' "superior education, skills and performance" as well as strong recommendations from "senior-level colleagues," he says that he was passed over every time. According to the lawsuit, the reason was because "... as a Black man, he did not fit neatly into the company's corporate culture."
This is not the first time that an ex-employee has sued a division of Fox, claiming racial discrimination. In 2010, Harmeen Jones sued Fox News for $5 million, claiming that he'd been fired after complaining of race discrimination.
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