According to a lawsuit filed in California, four white men over the age of 39 were subjected to reverse racism after being hired in January 2014 to produce broadcasts of a morning show for Revolt TV
, which is a music channel founded by millionaire rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs. Todd Baker, Douglas Goodstein, Jason Preziosi, Michael Schiff, and Richard Wilson allege that they were terminated and then replaced with what their lawsuit contends were "significantly younger and significantly less experienced or qualified African-Americans." This was after they had been told that they did not understand "the culture."
In December 2014 Revolt fired Goodstein and his team. Goodstein and his associates once produced shows for syndicated shock-jock Howard Stern.
The lawsuit claims that Revolt TV executives treated their black employees differently than their white employees. Revolt TV televises the “Breakfast Club” radio show on the hip-hop station Power 105. The suit charged that Revolt’s executive VP Val Boreland "was always rude, condescending and dismissive" to executive producer Goodstein and his team.
"Revolt tolerated a particularly high level of unprofessional behavior by the Breakfast Club's African-American staff. Specifically, such African-American employees arrived to work intoxicated or hungover," the the complaint claims. The complaint also charges that Goodstein's team had frequent exchanges with Revolt TV executive about how to handle on-air guests who showed late for the broadcast. "Whereas the show's on-air personalities tolerated lateness, the production team was used to producing shows where such a lack of punctuality was either less tolerated or not permitted whatsoever," the complaint charges.
In addition, Goodstein and his associates were told "they did not understand the culture," according to the lawsuit. They argue that they were not required to understand black culture fully. “Regardless of the show's subject matter, the production team was able to perform their duties," the filing claimed. "The true reason that Revolt terminated the production team was because they were Caucasian and much older than their replacements," the lawsuit charges.
The production team seeks damages to be determined later. However, the suit does not specifically name Power 105 or The Breakfast Club personalities as defendants.
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