NBC and Roots drummer Questlove have filed a lawsuit against two former employees of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for alleged racial discrimination and defamation that they want dismissed.
Billboard reports that the original lawsuit claimed camera operators Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino, who are white, are responsible for sending a text back in June 2017, “containing racist and misogynistic content to (Decker and Cimino) and to Mark Kelly, and NBC employee and member of The Roots band.”
The also claimed that NBC defamed them by telling that they, “are prohibited from forwarding or replying to racist and offensive text messages, and NBC would fire anyone who did do,” without mentioning them.
Attorneys representing NBC and Questlove explained that the Collective Bargaining Agreement between NBC and NABET-CWA union prevents workers, “under the CBA from bringing claims of race discrimination to court, and since the union declined to file a grievance in this case, it should be referred to NBC’s ‘alternative dispute resolution procedure.'”
Questlove denies the allegations made in the lawsuit and stands by the fact the decision about the employees was made by NBC.
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