Academy Awards Race Discrimination Bias May Lead To Lawsuit Reports Attorney
If white bias exists in Oscars as awards controversy claims, illegal employer discrimination against black people is likely and will lead to legal action, according to lawyer Richard Celler
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Davie, FL -- February 18, 2016 (FPRC) -- Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were recently announced, signifying the second year in a row no person of color was on the list of nominees and igniting a controversy as claims of racial bias were immediately heard. A number of celebrities have made allegations of structural bias in the Oscar nominee selection process. Weighing in on the topic, the employment law office of Richard Celler Legal, P.A. ( http://www.floridaovertimelawyer.com/ ) has issued a statement warning if the Oscars are biased, it will likely carry over into employment decision making, and it sounds like an employee discrimination lawsuit in the making.
Although it isn't illegal to have bias in Academy Awards nominee naming, if black employees who work for the Oscars have been unfairly disciplined, denied opportunities or were paid less for equal work based on their race, it would be unlawful.
Following the announcement of nominees for 2016 (https://www.oscars.org/news/88th-oscarsr-nominations-announced), celebrities including Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith spoke up and announced they would boycott the Oscars awards ceremony, as they are disturbed by the nominations excluding individuals of color. They are joined in their protest by Spike Lee and Viola Davis. George Clooney also joined in the discussion, speaking about the lack of diversity with this year's nominees, although he believes this is due to a lack of quality roles and movies for minorities. In contrast, Reese Witherspoon commented in People she believes the movies and roles are available, yet the voting body for the Academy Awards overlooks them.
"Companies and employers are often unaware of their bias, leading to decisions in the workplace that violate the rights of their staff. Fortunately, there are legal options for employees, and there is something that can be done for victims," stated Mr. Celler, lead workplace discrimination attorney from Celler Legal, available here: http://www.floridaovertimelawyer.com/practice-areas/discrimination-attorney/
The Academy responded to the claims of racial bias by announcing they will be making substantive changes to the process. They have agreed to double the number of ethnic minority and women members in the Academy by the year 2020. In addition, voting privileges are only available to members who have worked within the past ten years. For those who don't meet this qualification, they can become a voting member either by having received an Oscar nomination in the past or by working in the industry during three ten year periods. This ensures those who have contributed to the industry may still participate, even if they are no long acting.
The nominee process may be a symptom of the underlying problem, according to Mr. Celler, who added, "We welcome the Academy Awards racial bias controversy for potentially leading to increased scrutiny of employer practices in Hollywood. If the allegations have merit, it sounds like an employee filed lawsuit is inevitable.
Gerald Molen, the producer of Schindler's List and a former Oscar winner, revealed his belief there is political bias against conservatives in the industry, according to a piece in the Hollywood Reporter.
People who feel they have been a victim of racial bias do have the right to file suit. If this occurs, the Oscars workplace practices will be examined and, if a culture of illegal practices exists, they may be liable for more than just ratings.
"Fortunately, victims of employment discrimination have recourse. When their company violates their rights, legal action can be taken to make right the injustice. We specialize in employment law and provide free legal reviews for people to learn more about their rights and what can be done. People don't have to stand for it, and shouldn't," Celler states.
The lawyers plan to watch the awards show closley on Oscar night, despite the controversy, according to a representative of the firm. To learn more about employee rights, individuals may visit https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Floridaovertimelawyer/videos to view videos on employment law.
About Richard Celler Legal, P.A.:
Richard Celler of Celler Legal, P.A. is a founding member and managing partner of one of the largest employee/plaintiff side employment law divisions of the United States. An employment law group, the firm vigorously represents employees when their rights have been violated.
Send an email to Richard Celler of Richard Celler Legal, P.A.
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