The HuffingtonPost recently reported that the former vice president of Al Jazeera America has filed a lawsuit in California alleging “unlawful and discriminatory” treatment by the network.
The news outlet reported that Shannon High-Bassalik’s lawsuit claims the network “favored its Arabic and male employees, treating its non-Arabic female employees as second class citizens.” She also claimed that female employees were excluded from meetings and replaced on assignments with male staffers.
High-Bassalik claims that she felt “marginalized, belittled” while working at the network. She left the company in February due to the alleged issues. This is the second lawsuit that the network faces involving a former employee, as a case was filed in May accusing the company of “sexism and anti-Semitic behavior.”
The network called High-Bassalik’s claims “unfounded” according to the HuffPost. High-Bassalik joined the network in 2013 after working at CNN, working in documentaries and programming. Her lawsuit was filed at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Do You Face Discrimination and Sexism at Work?
Although this case remains in its early stages, there are no excuses for discrimination and/or sexism to occur in the workplace. California has national origin discrimination laws in place that protect workers of different ancestries from facing ethnic slurs or unfair treatment that create hostile work environments. In this case, the woman involved is saying that she was treated unfairly because she was not among the ruling ethnicity of her co-workers at the network.
If you believe that you are facing discrimination at work, report it to your supervisors and human resources department. Additionally, you should speak to our attorneys about your legal rights. We can educate you about how you could potentially proceed with a discrimination claim.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys