Freelance journalist Dominic Patten is a Deadline contributor
UPDATE, 7:50 PM: “We haven’t seen the complaint and can’t comment on the specifics,” a CBS spokesperson told Deadline, “but the claim as we understand it is without merit and will be vigorously defended.”
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The lawyer for Daysun Perkins filed a 12-page civil suit against CBS Corporation and CBS Television Distribution today in LA County Superior Court. According to the suit, Aaron Meyerson told him in March 2011 that he “would not be hired” for the position of VP of Development because of his gender. “I gotta go girl,” Perkins’ suit claims Meyerson, who is President of Programming and Development at CBS TV Distribution, said. “This job is not worth getting a sex change over.”
Perkins, who is presently GSN’s Executive Director, Original Programming & Development, claims that Meyerson told him he was “qualified for the position and that he had excellent references.” Part of those references would have undoubtedly been Perkins stint, from 2003 to 2008, as Director of Development at CBS TV Distribution.
The suit claims that CBS’ action was done in “A malicious, fraudulent and oppressive manner” that has caused Perkins “to suffer humiliation, emotional distress and mental and physical pain and anguish.” Perkins is seeking undisclosed damages, lawyer’s fees, and “for such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper.”
Perkins is represented by Steven Browne of the Browne Law Firm.