Julia Marsh, Page Six, March 21, 2017
Douglas Goodstein and four producers, who’d previously worked for “The Howard Stern Show,” were hired by Revolt TV in January 2014.
The team produced its popular urban talk radio program “The Breakfast Club” that airs mornings on Power 105.1 FM.
But the producers, who are all white and over age 39, say they were “treated worse than other employees who were younger and African American.”
Executive Vice President Val Boreland “was always rude, condescending and dismissive towards the Goodstein Production Team,” the Manhattan civil suit claims.
“Ms. Boreland, however, treated the African-American staff in a much friendlier and respectful manner,” according to court papers.
Meanwhile, execs turned a blind eye to the behavior of “African-American employees who arrived to work intoxicated or hung over,” the suit says.
Val Boreland’s brother and the assistant director of the show allegedly said that “Caucasians harbored racism against African-Americans” and called 53-year-old producer Todd Baker “old guy.”
“The animosity Mr. Boreland had towards Caucasians was clear,” the suit says.
When Baker complained about the lack of punctuality of the show’s guests, production manager Cherisse McKenzie allegedly said “he just did not understand the ‘culture’ of the show’s guests and on-air personalities.”
The team was fired in December 2014 and replaced with younger, inexperienced black employees, according to court papers.