Gay Miami News Anchor Charles Perez Calls Demotion 'Discrimination'
Gay WPLG-ABC news anchor Charles Perez, who was demoted from weeknights to weekends, has filed a discrimination complaint with Miami-Dade's Equal Opportunity Board claiming that the station was uncomfortable with "the increasingly high profile of [his] sexual orientation," the Miami Herald reports:
"The filing summary details Perez's quick descent at Channel 10, which began weeks after a March 3 performance review, when Perez says that WPLG News Director Bill Pohovey told him he was 'too anchor-like and too ‘Brian Williams' in my delivery.' On March 16, a private e-mail from Perez written to a family therapist was forwarded to everyone in the reporter's online address book. The e-mail said Perez told the therapist he needed to work through his 'gender identity issues.' Three days later, Pohovey called Perez into his office for a 'new' performance review, this time saying that Perez came across 'too soft,' didn't sound 'main anchor-like' and smiled too much with co-anchor Laurie Jennings. 'Like girlfriends.' On April 3, Perez went to court seeking a restraining order against his former partner, Dennis Ricardo Peña, whom he accused of leaking the private e-mail. Later that month, Perez claims he 'began to disappear'' from station promotional spots. He lost the weeknight anchor seat July 22."
You may remember Perez from the nationally-syndicated Charles Perez Show,
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