A former supervisor at Al-Jazeera America is suing the cable news network—owned by the government of Qatar—claiming he was fired for raising concerns about a senior vice president’s “overt misogynistic behavior.”
The fired worker claimed the vice president, who is Muslim, rose to his position within four months of being hired because he was connected to some of the network’s Qatari financiers. According to the complaint, the vice president berated women who outranked him and unfairly fired a female news editor from one show. The complaint also quotes him as saying, “whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell.”
The fired employee, who worked in New York, seeks $5 million in compensatory damages for emotional suffering and loss of enjoyment of life and $10 million in punitive damages.
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