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CNN Gets Hit With Racial Discrimination Lawsuit After Calling Trump A Bigot For Months

As news articles about controversies often end, “… did not return a request for comment,” but that only tells part of today’s story about CNN.

Today, the cable news giant has been hit with a multi-million dollar lawsuit by employees for… wait for it… racism.

The irony cannot be missed, as CNN on-air anchors and personalities have devoted much of the past 18-months accusing Republican candidate, now President-elect Donald Trump, and his supporters of being bigots, white supremacists, Ku Klux Klan members and… racists.

The class action suit, filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Georgia where CNN is headquartered, arose from evidence unearthed in an individual suit filed against CNN for $50 million in damages by an employee claiming he did not receive a promotion for 13 years because he is African-American.

“As a result of the current discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of DeWayne Walker… we have uncovered stories involving abuse of power, nepotism, revenge, retaliation and discrimination,”said Daniel Meachum, the attorney filing the class-action suit on behalf of two named plaintiffs and others who allege they have been injured by CNN policies that paid black employees less, harsher job performance evaluations and fewer opportunities for promotions.

The suit also claims black employees endured racial slurs, insults and other prejudicial treatment at the hands of CNN management, noting in the pleadings the statements, “it’s hard to manage black people” and “who would be worth more – black slaves from times past or new slaves?”

In the aftermath of the November 8 election, CNN host Van Jones blamed the election of Republican Donald Trump and the defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton on racism, calling it a “white-lash” reaction to the eight-year term of the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama. Jones himself is black.

Meachum says the class-action suit is the result of three-years of data gathering from CNN’s own files that demonstrate, a company-wide pattern and practice, rather than a series of isolated incidents,” over a period of more than 20 years.

CNN and Time-Warner will have to comment eventually… their response is required in federal court.

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