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Jackson said he was out covering a Chiefs practice on Sept. Though he was not given a reason, which is not required per his contract, Jackson said he was told there had been an internal investigation into discussions he'd had with a former employee about the lawsuit. Jackson's ongoing race discrimination lawsuit is not the first.
She was general assignment reporter for 14 years before she was fired last year. Cooper lost the race discrimination claim, but won the retaliation claim.
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With a recent shake-up in practices and leadership at the station, Jackson said he thought his contract would be renewed.
Jackson had been a TV sports director in Montgomery, Alabama, for 12 years when he said he was solicited by Channel 41 to join the station as a sports reporter.
He said then-news director Carrie Hofmann told him she was trying to line up a replacement for a sports director considering retirement.
He turned down the offer, but he told Hofmann to consider him when the director position became available. Then, Jackson said, he got a second offer, which led him to believe that position would lead eventually to sports director. You have to have a diverse management team — black, white, men, women, members of LGBT.
If there's no minority voice at the table, that's when you run into these issues. I believe that's what's happened at KSHB. According to the lawsuit, Jackson was passed over twice for sports director, and that it was due, in part, to his race.
The first time he was passed over, the lawsuit said, Hofmann told Jackson she chose someone else to avoid "PR concerns about passing over the old white guy.
As it was, he felt like he was "smokescreened.
Jackson said his experience is a symptom of a deeper issue at KSHB. After Cooper sued for race discrimination in , Jackson said he saw a "sudden influx" of African American employees hired, which he viewed as an over-compensation for the sake of appearances.
He added that many of those employees are no longer at the station. The jury trial is scheduled begin in February next year. Email her at andreat kcur.