Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Bachelor Discrimination Lawsuit (Full Complaint Here) - COTW #88

ABC... do you accept this rose? And by "rose" I mean discrimination lawsuit. Yup, the employment law case of the week is a class action lawsuit against ABC and others associated with production of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. The basis for the lawsuit is pretty straightforward:
Never, over 10 years and a combined total of 23 seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, has either show ever featured a single person of color—whether African American, Latino, Asian, or any other minority race or ethnicity—in the central role of the "Bachelor" or "Bachelorette." In 16 seasons of The Bachelor and 7 seasons of The Bachelorette,every person featured in the lead role on either show has been white.
The claims are based on 42 U.S.C. § 1981 (racial discrimination in the making of contracts) and racial discrimination under California state law.

This should not be confused with the class action I'm planning to file on behalf of aggrieved husbands whose wives force them to watch these shows - contact me if interested ;-)

You can read the full complaint in the real lawsuit here:
(if you cannot see the embedded complaint, click here to view online)