A former African-American executive at Fox Sports has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the company, claiming he never received a promotion during his 15-year career because of his race.
Deadline reports the man, 52-year-old Jerry Davis, is a graduate of UC Berkeley, a star athlete and an experienced music professional.
“To the best of Mr. Davis’s knowledge, no Black person has ever held any position at or above vice president in that division’s entire 19-year existence. Representation of Black individuals in leadership positions in other sports divisions at FOX is, and always has been, similarly abysmal.”
According to Davis’ lawsuit, he worked as a director in the Fox Sports music department. During his tenure, the position over him, Fox Sports VP Of Music, became available four times however he was never considered for the job even though he expressed continuous interest.
“Despite his repeated and express interest in the position, his superior education, skills, and performance as well as strong support from senior-level colleagues of various Fox music departments and other FOX Sports departments, Mr. Davis was denied the promotion each and every time. Fox Sports denied Mr. Davis the promotion each time because, as a Black man, he did not fit neatly into the company’s corporate culture,” it reads.
Davis filed the suit against Fox Cable Network Services, Fox Sports Net, Fox Networks Group and Fox Sports at a Los Angeles Superior Court this week.
This definitely isn’t the first time Fox Networks has been accused of discrimination. Check out the full lawsuit here and tell us what you think.
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