According to a class-action lawsuit filed Wednesday, diversity only exists at CNN during the initial hiring of an employee.
The class-action suit alleges that once hired, African-Americans are denied promotions for arbitrary and unfair reasons, make less than their white colleagues and are held back from promotions making it difficult to advance in their careers.
The class-action lawsuit stems from an earlier lawsuit against CNN for an employee, DeWayne Walker, who claimed he had been denied a promotion nine times.
After Walker’s lawsuit was filed, Attorney Daniel Meachum said that, “we have uncovered stories involving abuse of power, nepotism, revenge, retaliation, and discrimination.”
The lawsuit is using CNN’s internal data to prove that African American employees face a ‘glass ceiling’ when it comes time for promotions according to.
The suit is driven by an HR Diversity Trends Report. In the report findings, though the company as a whole is quite diverse upper management is not. It also shows that among all employees men of color are consistently given the lowest performance review ratings.
Two other plaintiffs are named in the class-action suit: Celeslie Henley and Ernest Colbert.
Celeslie Henley was an administrative assistant at CNN and alleges that she was required to work 12-13 hour days when her white colleagues were only required to work an 8 hour day. When Henley complained to HR about her disproportionate hours she was fired.
Ernest Colbert is a mid-level manager at TBS, he’s been with the company for 19 years now and has only been promoted twice and claims his white peers are making thousands more per year and are only required to take on half of the amount of work expected of Colbert.
CNN declined to comment on the allegations made in the class-action suit.