iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Media has been sued once again for racially discriminating against black account executives. The complaints from various employees state the corporation redistributes accounts to the disparity of black AEs and to the advantage of white AEs. Several years ago Derrick Chatmon was one of the first black employees that we knew of, to sue the corporation for discrimination against AEs in Macon, GA… since then a slew of other black employees have come forward and we have even received complaints from Black AEs in other markets here at Radio Facts citing the same charges who have yet to sue. Currently, Prixie Montgomery in New Orleans is suing iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) and the corporation has settled with two other AEs and now six MORE employees have come forward in New Orleans. Wil Watson, Gary Watson, Ave Gaines, Darnetta Mahaffy-Nelson, Dinah Campbell and Brandin Campbell along with MONTGOMERY, have sued CLEAR CHANNEL alleging that its sales compensation methods are discriminatory. All say their earnings were slashed when the company redistributed accounts and made it an unfair disadvantage to black sales reps some who say they lost up to 40% of their previous income. The plaintiffs stated they complained to Market Manager DICK LEWIS, Director of Sales MIKE SCOTT, and Regional VP MARK KOPPELMAN, all white, but the problems were not addressed. We will follow this closely and keep you posted.
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