A veteran CBS govt who developed hit actuality reveals like “Survivor” and “The Superb Race” claims in a lawsuit filed Monday that he’s being compelled out of his job due to his race and age.
Ghen Maynard, who’s of Japanese descent, says he’s the “solely non-white govt at CBS Studios” and that the company hasn’t improved because the ouster of CEO and chairman Les Moonves final yr, amid a whirlwind of sexual misconduct allegations.
“Regardless of blaming all of its issues on Mr. Moonves and claiming that it has taken steps to enhance race and gender points on the Company, in the present day’s CBS ‘leaders,’ these making the important thing selections on such points, are all white males, whose selections belie CBS’ self-serving rhetoric,” Maynard’s submitting in Los Angeles Superior Court docket states, in response to The Hollywood Reporter.
Maynard, 53, was employed by Moonves in 2016 to develop reveals at CBS Studios, after serving two earlier stints on the community.
Extra not too long ago, he’d labored on the “Beverly Hills, 90210” offshoot “BH90210” and the “Children Say the Darndest Issues” reboot hosted by Tiffany Haddish, in response to THR.
Now, Maynard claims he’s being pushed out as a part of a latest purging of execs over 40. He mentioned he came upon Oct. 2 that his division was being “eradicated” and that his final day of employment can be Dec. 2.
His ethnicity performed an element within the firing, the submitting claims, citing Maynard’s private expertise to allege discrimination in opposition to minorities on the company.
At conferences, minorities had been despatched to sit down in again rows and generally excluded from attending utterly, Maynard claimed.
He mentioned he’d been informed different execs had been “threatened” by him and unfairly belittled his work.
Maynard accused the company of conducting a bogus bias investigation in opposition to him, primarily based on a declare he mistreated a feminine co-worker.
“Amplifying its mistreatment of Mr. Maynard, earlier this yr, CBS subjected Mr. Maynard to a biased, sham ‘investigation’ right into a false and ludicrous allegation that he mistreated a feminine coworker on the writing crew when he requested a quiet male worker on the identical crew for his opinions throughout a gathering,” states the grievance.
A human assets exec apparently informed Maynard that he had not been present in breach of coverage however was nonetheless being pulled from the “BH90210” mission, allegedly by CBS Studios president David Stapf, who’s white, the submitting states.
CBS denied the claims.
“Mr. Maynard’s contract was not renewed because of the elimination of the Studio’s different programming division. The claims on this swimsuit are utterly with out benefit, and we’ll defend in opposition to it vigorously,” the company mentioned in an announcement.