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Black Former Daytime Show Photo Chief Sues Sony Over Racial Discrimination

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A lawsuit was filed by a black former member of the “Days of Our Lives” daytime production crew, who alleges that management failed to adequately address his allegations of discrimination and harassment and subsequently fired him over allegations made by the permanent employees about whom he had complained .

Plaintiff Vincent Steib’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed against Sony Pictures Television Inc. and Beachwood Services Inc., alleges racial discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, failure to prevent discrimination, harassment or retaliation, negligent hiring, supervision and retention, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and unpaid wages upon termination.

Steib is claiming unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. A Sony representative could not be immediately reached for comment on the suit filed Thursday.

Steib, 65, had a career in the television and film industry for more than 40 years, winning two Emmys and being nominated for many more. according to the suit.

Steib’s last role while working with the companies was as a photography director for “Days of our Lives,” the show for which he began working in 2015, according to the suit. At the start of that assignment, the man who replaced Steib told him there was “comprehensive, well-known racism” on the “Days of Our Lives” set, where only a few of the hundreds of employees were black, the suit states.

When Steib recommended two black electricians who were eventually hired, one was released after about three days and the second was later fired “because the team refused to work with him because of his race,” the suit claims.

The show’s white electrician was repeatedly disrespectful to Steib in front of the crew and cast, setting a pattern for how others saw Steib as well as the discrimination tolerated on set, the suit states.

The electrician verbally reprimanded Steib during an incident between the two after the electrician asked the plaintiff to step outside, the suit states. The electrician “further made it clear that he was not happy with Mr. Steib as his supervisor and wanted to make Mr. Steib fail,” the charges allege.

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