Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Fired Gay worker sues CBS
NEW YORK -- A CBS News producer whose skull was fractured while he was vacationing last year sued the network Monday, charging he was discriminated against for being gay and was fired for publicly discussing the attack.
Richard N. Jefferson, 52, claims in papers filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court that CBS officials harassed him based upon his sexual orientation, then fired him because he complained about it.
CBS spokeswoman Sandra Genelius issued a statement calling the suit "unequivocally baseless." Jefferson's contract was not renewed "due to legitimate issues with his performance that had been previously discussed with him," she said.
Jefferson, who started as a producer for CBS in January 1989 and worked several jobs until he was fired Nov. 20, 2006, said Monday his problems stemmed from the vicious assault he suffered April 6, 2006, on St. Maarten in the Caribbean.