Sean “Diddy” Combs and his music channel Revolt TV are facing a discrimination lawsuit from a group of former employees.
The plaintiffs are five white men all over the age of 39, according to a report in Page 6.
The lawsuit alleges that Douglas Goodstein and four other Caucasian producers were fired because they weren’t “young and black.”
The producers worked on the televised version of Revolt’s popular talk radio program The Breakfast Club.
The producers — who previously worked for The Howard Stern Show — say that Revolt’s executive vice-president, Val Boreland, “treated the African-American staff in a much friendlier and respectful manner,” according to court documents obtained by Page 6.
The men found that Revolt’s corporate environment was unlike anywhere else they’d worked before. The suit states that the executives turned a blind eye to the behaviour of “African-American employees who arrived to work intoxicated or hung over.”
The suit also says that one production assistant “often came to work late, drunk and slept on the editing floor during work hours. Yet he suffered no repercussions for this behaviour.”
“The animosity Mr. Boreland had towards Caucasians was clear,” the suit alleges.
Another portion of the court documents says that a production manager who commented on the lateness of guests was told “he just did not understand the ‘culture’ of the show’s guests and on-air personalities.”
The producers were fired in December 2014 and replaced by producers the suit characterized as “younger, black and with less experience.”
“Racism directed at anyone is unacceptable,” Matthew Blit, a lawyer for the producers, said.
Charlamagne Tha God, a host of The Breakfast Club, has been very vocal about the situation on social media.
He wants people to know that the lawsuit involves Revolt TV and not Power 105 or The Breakfast Club.
“Diddy don’t pay us enough to have our names slandered like this,” he wrote in an Instagram caption.
Man this is hilarious to me. For the record they suing Revolt TV and talking about Revolt TV not Power 105 or "The Breakfast Club" but this article is still hilarious!!!! Lawsuit says "The white people got fired for not knowing the culture" I mean most executives at all these companies don't know the culture and need to be fired but that's not the point. I been laughing for 10 minutes straight. Please make the distinction between Revolt TV, Power 105 and the Breakfast Club we are not the same. Thanks. #BlackPrivilege
Damn @nydailynews using us for clicks. If the lawsuit says executives at @revolttv then why does the headline say "Power 105's The Breakfast Club" we are not named in this lawsuit. Diddy don't pay us enough to have our names slandered like this but anyway WHITE PEOPLE SUING FOR NOT KNOWING THE CULTURE. Is so damn funny to me. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 I really can't stop laughing. #BlackPrivilege
Representatives for Revolt sent a comment to THE FADER. “These claims are without merit and have previously been dismissed by the EEOC. Revolt Media and TV, LLC has always been committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.”