Black Workers File Suit Against CNN, Time Warner

Several African-American workers have joined together in a class action lawsuit against CNN, Turner Broadcasting and its parent company, Time Warner.

As a result of the current discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of DeWayne Walker vs. CNN, Time Warner & Turner, we have uncovered stories involving abuse of power, nepotism, revenge, retaliation and discrimination,” Attorney Dabiel R. Meachum, who is representing the group, said in an emailed statement announcing the suit.

According to the release, current and former employees of CNN, Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner say that “hiring, promotional and disciplinary policies and practices continue to have a disparate impact on African-American employees.”

“The current workplace culture utilizes practices that discourages or prohibit minorities from exercising their rights under employment discrimination statutes,” the statement reads.  “The use of overly broad waivers, releases and mandatory arbitration provisions impede EEOC investigations and retaliatory practices that dissuades and has a chilling effect on African Americans in the workplace from exercising their rights.”

CNN declined to comment on the lawsuit.