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CBS Sued for Alleged Discrimination Against White Male Writer

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An allegation of discrimination has been made against CBS and Paramount Global by a freelance writer working on the “SEAL Team” series.

The writer claims he was denied a staff writer position due to his race, sex, and sexual orientation.

The lawsuit argues that CBS’s diversity efforts have “created a situation where heterosexual, white men need ‘extra’ qualifications (including military experience or previous writing credits) to be hired as staff writers [on SEAL Team] when compared to their nonwhite, LGBTQ, or female peers, who require no such ‘extra’ qualifications,” attorneys wrote.

The plaintiff is represented by America First Legal, a conservative nonprofit.

The lawsuit accuses CBS of engaging in anti-white discrimination.

“We just sued CBS in federal court for allegedly engaging in blatant anti-white discrimination in violation of federal law. America First Legal will fight to hold the entertainment giant accountable for its lawless and bigoted conduct,” America First Legal stated.

CBS chief executive George Cheeks had “set a goal that all writers’ rooms on the network’s primetime series be staffed 40% [with] BIPOC [black, indigenous and people of color] in the 2021-2022 season,” the writer’s lawyers stated.

The writer was allegedly replaced by a less experienced woman after being asked to quit his job as a script coordinator to continue as a scriptwriter.

“DEI is not about opening up opportunities. It is about systemically discriminating on the basis of race and sex,” writer Andrew Sullivan said.

The suit comes in the midst of ongoing debates over diversity, equity, and inclusion policies in the entertainment industry.

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