Ex-Producer Files a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against BET

According to Media Bistro, Tameika Dorman has filed a lawsuit against BET alleging the network fired her for reporting sexual harassment. The former employee claims that in 2009 she was subjected to sexual harassment from a male camera operator Derek Clarke. During an edition session, Clarke allegedly played a taped segment of Dorman walking up a set of stairs in a skirt. When asked why he did, Clarke allegedly grabbed his privates and began to moan, saying that he loved her butt, that she was sexy and that she did not know what he was going to do to her.

Dorman reported the incident to her supervisors and they said she would not have to work with the camera man again. However, while working on a segment on rapper Nicki Minaj, Clarke had to work with the same man again. Dorman filed a complaint with Human Resources and was subsequently removed from producing shows and fired from the network.

While she ran out of the room crying, the coordinator working on the segment said that Clarke and his young son wanted to meet the rapper. This violated BET’s policy of excluding nonessential personnel from crowding celebrities, says the plaintiff. The supervisor then insisted Clarke be removed from the segment and replaced with the original camera operator. Dorman completed her assignment and her segment on Minaj received good reviews.

Dorman feels that BET wrongfully terminated her employment as an act of both retaliation and discrimination since she was also pregnant. The plaintiff seeks monetary damages for unlawful termination, discriminatory practices and attorney fees.

The ex-producer told a local media that she is pregnant and without a job, and not sure what she was going to do. She alleges the network retaliated and discriminated based on her gender and pregnancy.



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