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She assumed she would hear back from investigators but then learned the investigation was closed.
In February, Whitney Davis decided to part ways with CBS after 13 years. In an op-ed for Variety, Davis details the alleged racial and sexual harassment she endured while at the company https://t.co/kWrW2tn4cL pic.twitter.com/myUr1Mskpa
There are no Black creative executives at CBS Television Network or CBS Television Studios, Davis wrote. Of 36 creative executives, only three are women of color and none are Black. There are no executives of color in casting. One Latino executive lasted eight months and now works for Netflix.
Davis and another Black woman worked in production on the show and held the lowest ranking positions. Coworkers couldn’t keep their names straight, so they called both of them “We-Dra” for Whitney and Deidra. In every job she’s had for the network, in fact, she has been confused for another Black woman employee, she wrote for Variety.
“I don’t think most people understand just how demeaning these daily micro-aggressions are,” Davis wrote. “Or maybe they do and don’t care.”
By 2009, Davis was one of three journalists hired for the newly created digital journalist unit. National editor Bill Felling walked into the newsroom one day and asked Davis’ two white male colleagues if they could travel to cover a story. Both said they could not. Felling never asked Davis if she could go.
She went to Felling’s office and told him she was ready to cover the assignment.
Over the years, Davis said she endured being passed over, being the only Black person in multiple meetings and repeatedly being mistaken for other Black employees. She listened to an “Aunt Jemima” joke made in her presence and at one gathering, was called the same wrong name three times — even after the coworker was corrected. Last July, she took medical leave for what she thought was postpartum depression.
“I’ve since learned the source of my anxiety and stress was CBS’ toxic work environment,” she wrote.
“While we disagree with some statements in Whitney’s story, we take all employee concerns seriously and remain committed to improving the workplace experience for everyone,” CBS said in a statement shared with Variety.