Playing The Race Card? Former Executive Claims Fox Sports Fired Him For Being Black

April 9, 2013  |  

On Friday, a lawsuit was filed in a Los Angeles Superior Court naming 52-year-old Jerry Davis as the plaintiff in a case against Fox Sports. As a former executive for the company, Davis claims he was denied a promotion and was later fired because he was black.

Davis worked for the company for 15 years, serving as a director in the music department. In all of those years, he did not receive a promotion.  His lawsuit claims that his stagnancy in the company was because as a black man, “he did not fit neatly into the company’s corporate culture.” The suit goes on to say that the position directly senior to him became available on four different occasions and he was passed over each time.

The legal documents continue, “In the division that runs broadcast / ‘over the air’ sports programming for Fox, there are currently approximately 34 individuals employed at or above the vice president level. None are black. Indeed, to the best of Mr. Davis’ knowledge, no black person has ever held any position at or above vice president in that division’s 19 year existence.”

In February, while Davis was on disability leave, Fox claimed his position had been eliminated. He subsequently filed an unlawful discrimination lawsuit based on the grounds of race and disability, retaliation, failure to accommodate disability, wrongful termination and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The amount Mr. Davis is seeking has yet to be disclosed.

Is anyone else thinking that maybe Jerry Davis was one of those employees doing mediocre work at best that just squeezed through the cracks, dodging the pink slip bullet by the skin on his back? I say this because how many people would go 15 years without getting a promotion and not seek other employment? I get that the economy is bad, but it hasn’t been that way for 15 whole years.

However it is a little suspicious if what he claims is true, that there hasn’t been a black person at or above the VP level ever at Fox Sports. Sadly, this is the case at many companies. I’m not 100 percent convinced Davis was fired for being black, however the jury’s opinion is ultimately what matters most.

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