A man recently claimed that a progressive media and news company for which he used to work discriminated against him due to his being black. As a result, the man has filed a lawsuit against the company, called The Young Turks. Anyone in California who experiences this type of employment discrimination can likewise take legal action against their employers.
According to the recently filed lawsuit, the man, who worked as a journalist for the media company starting in 2017, noticed that the company was holding him to a completely different standard compared with this white co-workers. In addition, he claimed that his manager mistreated him. The man asserted that, when he complained about the mistreatment, he was essentially told that doing so was an offense for which he could be fired.
The man was reportedly terminated after refusing to sign the severance agreement that the company presented to him. In this severance agreement, he would have had to agree not to sue the company for race-based discrimination. As part of his lawsuit against the company, he is seeking compensatory damages as well as punitive damages totaling a minimum of $75,000 along with litigation costs.
A person who faces racial discrimination in the workplace in California may end up suffering from a damaged reputation, emotional distress and even lost wages due to termination. Fortunately, these individuals have the right to file employment discrimination claims against their employers. An understanding of what facts must be proved will likely be necessary to succeed in this type of case.