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Eight Black Minnesota corrections officers filed a racial discrimination lawsuit for allegedly being barred from guarding Derek Chauvin at the detention center where they work.

The eight non-white guards filed the lawsuit against the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center for allegedly providing only white corrections officers to guard Chauvin.

Chauvin, 44, has been held at the detention center since May 29 on charges of felony murder in the death of George Floyd in south Minneapolis on May 25.

The corrections officers said Superintendent Steve Lydon ordered all non-white officers and the Black officers were told to avoid contact with Chauvin.

In the discrimination lawsuit, Lydon allegedly said the officers' race made them a potential "liability" if anything were to happen to Chauvin after he arrived at the facility.

"I understood that the decision to segregate us had been made because we could not be trusted to carry out our work responsibilities professionally around the high-profile inmate — solely because of the color of our skin," said the acting sergeant, who is Black.

He added: "I am not aware of a similar situation where white officers were segregated from an inmate."

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CNN fired a 16-year employee who filed multiple lawsuits alleging race discrimination and accused his boss of threatening his life. Dewayne Walker filed discrimination lawsuits after he applied for 31 jobs at CNN.

Walker was fired for litigation abuse and accusing a CNN executive of threatening his life.

According to Walker's complaint, he filed 31 applications for jobs at CNN, and "has never been contacted for a vast majority of his applications."

Walker also complained that he wasn't promoted at CNN because of his race.

In a new lawsuit filed in November, Walker claimed his life was threatened by his boss Whit Friese, Vice President and group creative director at CNN.

Walker, who is Black, claimed Friese, who is white, threatened him in a restroom on August 15, 2019 at CNN Center.

The lawsuit alleges Friese ordered Walker to drop his discrimination lawsuits. "Just drop it," Friese allegedly said.

"Or?" Walker replied.

Friese then approached Walker at the urinal and quietly whispered: "If you f**k with my money, I will kill you."

Walker was placed on administrative leave with pay after he met with CNN's HR manager to complain about his encounter with Friese in the restroom.

A court hearing was scheduled to get Walker reinstated to his job. Walker complained in his lawsuit that being on leave hurt his stature and his career.

"It's a travesty and a sham, said Walker's attorney Mario Williams. "You're using an administrative process to punish a person who made the complaint. The best thing to firing someone is keeping him out of office on administrative leave with pay even though he's the victim."

After an internal investigation, CNN determined Walker "fabricated" his accusation against Friese. Walker was then let go from his job.

The AJC's Rodney Ho learned Walker was fired after he showed up to an empty courtroom to cover Walker's reinstatement hearing which was scheduled for Dec. 11.

Walker's attorney had written in a court filing, "this hearing is moot due to recent events."
 

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Netflix has assembled an all-star legal team to fight Mo'Nique's discrimination lawsuit, insisting their low ball offer to the Oscar-winning star for her comedy special was "fair" market compensation for her talent level.

In legal papers obtained by TMZ, the Precious star accused Netflix bosses of offering white comedienne Amy Schumer $11 million for an hour-long stand-up special, while offering Mo'Nique, who is Black, only $500,000 for a similar stand up comedy special.

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The 51-year-old comedienne and mother of three turned down the offer and called on fans to boycott Netflix.

She followed through on her promise to take legal action against the streaming giant by filing a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Responding to the lawsuit on Friday, a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement:

"We care deeply about inclusion, [equality], and diversity and take any accusations of discrimination very seriously. We believe our opening offer to Mo'Nique was fair - which is why we will be fighting this lawsuit."

The Precious star announced the lawsuit in a post on Instagram.com on Thursday.

"Hey My Loves — I can confirm that today I filed a pay discrimination lawsuit against Netflix. I had a choice to make: I could accept what I felt was pay discrimination or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who will come after me. I chose to stand up. I don't have any further comment this time, but I appreciate all of your support and love."

Mo'Nique also had beef with industry gurus Oprah, Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels for allegedly blackballing her after she declined to go on a promotional tour for a film project.

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Comedienne Mo'Nique has followed through on her promise to sue Netflix bosses, accusing them of discrimination and violating her rights to equal pay for equal services.

The Oscar-winning actress filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, Nov. 14. In court papers obtained by TMZ, Mo'Nique, 51, is suing Netflix for reportedly offering comedienne Amy Schumer $11 million for an hour-long stand-up special, while only offering Mo'Nique $500,000 for a similar stand-up comedy special.

Mo'Nique declined the lowball offer and called on her social media followers to boycott the online streaming giant.

The Precious star announced the lawsuit in a post on Instagram.com on Thursday.

"Hey My Loves — I can confirm that today I filed a pay discrimination lawsuit against Netflix. I had a choice to make: I could accept what I felt was pay discrimination or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who will come after me. I chose to stand up. I don't have any further comment this time, but I appreciate all of your support and love."

Mo'Nique also had beef with industry gurus Oprah, Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels for allegedly blackballing her after she declined to go on a promotional tour for a film project.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has filed a lawsuit against Facebook.com for violating the Fair Housing Act. The assistant to HUD Secretary Ben Carson filed the complaint against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for allowing landlords to block Black people and other minorities from seeing their advertisements on Facebook.

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Essie Grundy

Walmart has a huge shoplifting problem. Shoppers are walking off with black hair care products without paying for them. One Los Angeles store is combating the theft problem by locking up black hair care products in a glass cabinet.

But one shopper is crying foul. Essie Grundy says she is being discriminated against based on the color of her skin. She retained celebrity attorney Gloria Allred to represent her in a discrimination lawsuit against the retail giant.

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