As CBS moves ahead with plans to reunite with Viacom, the company was hit with a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by its former director of international treasury, Deadline reports.
The complaint, filed Monday in federal court, seeks more than $1 million.
“Mexican national and green card holder Maria Solache held the pivotal currency trading gig at CBS from 2014-18,” Deadline reports. “Let go for a very short stint in 2015 due to an immigration snafu, Solache even saw a 44% pay raise when the company was being probed by the Obama administration’s Department of Labor — not that the raise from around $160,000 to $227,000 or the finance exec’s permanent employment lasted long, it seems.”
The report quotes the multiple-claim complaint stating: “The essence of Ms. Solache’s claim is that Defendant treated her differently from other employees, underpaid her because of her national origin, failed to give her a title or salary commensurate with her position and responsibilities, and, when Ms. Solache questioned the manner in which she was being treated, Defendants retaliated against her by manufacturing a pretext for its termination of Ms. Solache’s employment.”
Deadline adds: “On June 25 last year and not long after making rumblings about being treated unfairly, the internally praised Solache suddenly was ditched for ‘insubordination.’ Despite run-ins with her immediate superiors, the designation came from a trade Solache made that she says was allowed under the responsibilities she had ‘by letter directly from then-Chief Operating Officer of CBS, Joe Ianiello.’”