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CBS faces discrimination claims from former executive

Massachusetts fans of CBS reality TV hit series such as "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race" may be disappointed to learn that the executive who launched them is no longer with the network. Ghen Maynard, who is of Japanese ancestry, says his ousting was part of a systemic effort at the network to keep white men in the top-level executive jobs.

According to Maynard's lawsuit, all the other executives at his level were white, and at meetings, any minorities present were obviously lower-level employees. Former CEO Les Moonves had hired Maynard, who said his problems started after Moonves left. He also said that he got condescending notes from white executives, who showed no interest in his other projects.

Maynard also says that he was targeted when a female employee alleged that he ignored her opinions during a meeting. He said this was used as a reason to get rid of him and that human resources did not talk to other witnesses who were present and had a different version of events. According to Maynard's attorney, the network is getting rid of its senior executives from the Moonves era and replacing them with largely young white men. CBS says it is committed to diversity and that the claims do not have merit.

Employees who believe they are facing workplace discrimination might want to consult Boston, Massachusetts, employee discrimination attorneys. They may want to do this even if their workplace has a system in place for reporting and investigating discrimination. Consulting with a lawyer may help individuals understand their rights, what their employer is obligated to do and what steps they can take if the investigation is not satisfactory, or if they face retaliation. An attorney may also be able to explain the options and deadlines for filing discrimination claims.

Source: Variety, "CBS Reality TV Exec Alleges He Was Fired Due to Japanese Ancestry," Gene Maddaus, Nov. 25, 2019

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