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 saysthat WPLG News Director Bill Pohovey told him he was 'too anchor-likeand too ‘Brian Williams' in my delivery.' On March 16, aprivate e-mail from Perez written to a family therapist was forwardedto everyone in the reporter's online address book. The e-mail saidPerez told the therapist he needed to work through his 'gender identityissues.' Three days later, Pohovey called Perez into his officefor a 'new' performance review, this time saying that Perez cameacross 'too soft,' didn't sound 'main anchor-like' and smiled too muchwith co-anchor Laurie Jennings. 'Like girlfriends.' On April 3,Perez went to court seeking a restraining order against his formerpartner, Dennis Ricardo Peña, whom he accused of leaking the privatee-mail. Later that month, Perez claims he 'began to disappear''from station promotional spots. He lost the weeknight anchor seat July22."
You may remember Perez from the nationally-syndicated Charles Perez Show,
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