Gabrielle Union Launches Discrimination Against Simon Cowell Over “America’s Got Talent” Dismissal – Deadline


NBC can say it’s all over, but Gabrielle Union doesn’t think so and the former America has talent judge judge Simon Cowell, Universal TV, Syco Entertainment and Fremantle Productions North America on the job and likely to woo about what really happened on the competition series last season – and the L.A.’s Finest the star names the names of the frames.
Evolving clearly towards legal action that it now has the right to pursue or arbitrate, Union’s harassment, discrimination and retaliation complaint to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing largely covers the same reason made public in his previous public statements of “racist and misogynistic conduct” on AGT during its brief passage. However, the document obtained by Deadline also explosively alleges the chairman of NBC Entertainment, Paul Telegdy, directly intervened in an investigation into these allegations with the aim of “silencing and intimidating” him.

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“Telegdy contradicted its statements to the media and personally disregarded NBC’s“ Principles of Professional Conduct ”(hereinafter, the“ Code of Conduct ”) imposing the confidentiality of workplace investigations by contacting the law enforcement officer ‘Union and by disclosing confidential information obtained during the ongoing investigation into the Union’s concerns in an attempt to silence and intimidate Union from providing information to the investigator about his experiences’, the complaint of 38 pages addressed to the DFEH by the Hollywood lawyer Bryan Freedman who incited a right to pursue the letter (READ HERE)

“On or about February 4, 2020, Telegdy threatened Union through his agent and warned agent Union that it was better for Union to stop pursuing his allegations of racism while filming. AGT. The Union agent was shocked that the president of NBC Entertainment was trying to threaten and intimidate Union. The Union officer could not recall another example of his career where a senior manager of a network threatened and intimidated an employee during an ongoing workplace investigation. “

Union is represented by a team of CAA agents.

Regarding claims against Telegdy, NBC has not responded to Deadline’s request for comment – if and when they do, we will update this post. It should also be noted that whether it ends in court or in camera, this is not NBC and the first rodeo of the co-founder of Freedman + Tailtelman. Freedman, who has represented the parent company of Deadline PMC in the past, was at the table for Megyn Kelly when she left the network in late 2018 and made a multi-million dollar payment in early 2019.

“By the time Telegdy threatened Union through his agent, Union had done nothing
public statements regarding her experience on AGT, “said the file, although Union and her husband, NBA legend Dwayne Wade, circulated circumspectly on social media in November 2019.” It therefore became clear to Union that Telegdy was not just trying to silence Union in the media, but trying to silence Union from any further comments to the investigator. “

By further exploring Union allegations regarding legitimate health concerns regarding Cowell’s cavalier indoor smoking, blackface performers, complaints that are not being properly communicated to HR, the racist jokes of the Guest Jay Leno and over, the “outside attorney” brought in by NBC and Freematle appears to have spent a great deal of time in Portugal on vacation and made most of his inquiries and interviews over the phone. The only exception, as noted in today’s dense DFEH file, was an in-person interview with Union on December 3, 2019.

“Because of the Union’s refusal to silently support racist and misogynist conduct on
AGT, it was labeled as “intimidating” and considered the problem, which led to her dismissal, “said the complaint, which was submitted to the state agency by the notes of the Union legal team. “However, based on the preliminary results of the investigator’s findings, it is clear that there are systemic problems with AGT,” said the file, citing Cowell’s behavior, racial bias in hair salons. and makeup, and an AGT The staff member seems to have lied to Union about how a blackface performer ended up in the series, among others.

In fact, as Teledgy also allegedly pulled his mouth over the confidential investigation into the so-called “talent A-list with which NBC was looking to hire” and others according to the record, in the days before the Hollywood shutdown with the coronavirus, the investigator admitted to Union personally that the probe was incomplete and apparently contaminated, to say the least

“On March 4, 2020, Union attended a face-to-face meeting with the investigator, NBC and
Freemantle, in which the investigator shared the preliminary results of his “investigation” into the union’s job applications, “reveals the overwhelming record.

“At the start of this meeting, the investigator revealed that she had previously released the preliminary results of her” investigation “to NBC several weeks earlier outside of Union’s presence,” said the materials. “The investigator, who was hired by NBC and Fremantle, acknowledged, among other things, that she had already changed her preliminary findings under the leadership of NBC and Fremantle. The investigator also cautioned that his findings should not be interpreted as suggesting that an appropriate “investigation” had been carried out. “

Long months after Union was released from AGT on November 22 after a single season at the judge’s table, producers of NBC and AGT released a statement on the internal investigation on the start of the final season of l ‘program.

“Through the investigation process, it was revealed that no one associated with the program had made insensitive or derogatory comments about the appearance of Ms. Union, and that neither race nor sex was a factor. factor contributing to the advancement or elimination of candidates at any time, “said the net belonging to Comcast, Fremantle and Syco on May 27.” The investigation showed that the concerns raised by Ms. Union had not been addressed. has no bearing on the decision not to exercise the option on his contract. “

Obviously, not so much in the eyes of Gabrielle Union.

“Instead of taking Union complaints seriously and using them as a catalyst for real meaningful change, Telegdy, NBC, Fremantle and Syco seek to blame the victim, Union, in order to maintain the status quo,” said Thursday’s file. “The measures that Telegdy, NBC, Fremantle and Syco have used to silence Union and cover up racial discrimination across the board AGT stands in stark contrast to current global efforts to eradicate racism through the Black Lives Matter protests and movement.

“There is no room for this type of racial bullying in the workplace, and it will take more than an NBC Tweet to demonstrate that NBC intends to create an environment free from racism,” a lawyer Freedman said in a statement to Deadline this. Morning

News about DFEH was first reported by Yashar Ali on Twitter


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