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Fox Entertainment and several other respondents are the targets of a civil lawsuit, which was filed recently in Los Angeles Superior Court.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Porscha Coleman (pictured), a former host of the internet-to-television show “Hollywood Today” is suing Fox, Media General, and a number of people affiliated with these companies for a slew of civil infractions.
These infractions include gender discrimination, race discrimination, marital status harassment, and even harassment based on Coleman’s status as a childless woman. Marcus Mancini, Coleman’s attorney filed the complaint, which elaborately pointed out the alleged discord, which Coleman faced working as a host.
“[The defendants] created a quid pro quo and hostile working environment in which harassment, discrimination and retaliation based on sex/gender, race and marital status were permitted, required, demanded, allowed and tolerated,” the complaint reads.
Coleman started working for “Hollywood Today” in May 2014 when the show was still a popular internet series. The series eventually became a daily live entertainment television show. However, Coleman’s run as a TV host for the show ended when she was fired in November 2015.
Coleman also claimed that when the television show was being launched, makeup artists and hair stylists complained about working with her because of “a lack of experience with darker skin tones” and “difficulty styling African-American female hair.”
Tracy Taw, Fox’s Head of Programming allegedly told Coleman the following in 2015: “I’m trying to keep this show on past November and I don’t want your hair to be reason why the show doesn’t get picked up for season two.” Apparently, Taw was concerned that Coleman’s looks didn’t “appeal to Middle America.”
Coleman is seeking punitive damages in her lawsuit. The complaint claims that she “continues to suffer severe and permanent emotional and mental distress and anguish, humiliation, embarrassment, fright, shock, pain, discomfort and anxiety.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s recent news article on this matter, neither Fox Entertainment or Media General returned the magazine’s phone calls for comment.