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New Lawsuit Charges Power 105.1 With Reverse Racism
Mar 21, 2017 5:25 PM
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A team of producers who were hired by Revolt TV three years ago to work behind the scenes of a popular Power 105.1 hip-hop morning show, only to be fired by years end, have filed a lawsuit against the network, charging that they were laid off because of their race. "The true reason that Revolt terminated the Goodstein production team was because they were Caucasian and much older than their replacements," the suit, brought about by Todd Baker, Richard Wilson, Michael Schiff, Jason Preziosi, and Douglass Goodstein claims. The team was invited on to help produce the show - [which is assumed to have been The Breakfast Club, considering the documented dates roughly coincide around the time it started being simulcasted under Revolt] - in January 2014. By that December they were let go, following several incidents which the claimants present as examples of racial bias they say they faced under the supervision of Revolt executive vice president, Val Boreland, whose leadership they note as having been "rude, condescending and dismissive." According to the suit, the four men were treated differently than black employees at the station, who they state often arrived to work "intoxicated or hungover" and carried on with other behaviors unbecoming of a workplace, without repercussion. "Revolt tolerated a particularly high level of unprofessional behavior by the Breakfast Club's African-American staff," the paperwork reportedly reads. Baker, Wilson, Schiff, Preziosi and Goodstein maintain that although the context of the shows subject matter was inconsequential to the work they were responsible for, they were consistently told, "they did not understand the culture." The Goodstein group would eventually be replaced with "significantly younger and significantly less experienced or qualified African-Americans," the document goes on to complain. The producer collective is awaiting the trial to determine the amount they will seek in damages.