Viacom Gets Ex-Exec’s Gender Bias, Defamation Suit Trimmed

Law360, New York (August 11, 2017, 4:14 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge trimmed a gender bias suit brought by a former top television executive at Viacom Inc. subsidiary Black Entertainment Television LLC on Thursday, determining that Viacom was liable as the executive’s employer, but that she did not allege sufficient facts to support certain defamation claims.

Judge Philip S. Gutierrez rejected Viacom’s argument that it was not liable for Zola Mashariki’s contractual and employment-based claims, finding that the company was, in fact, a party to her contract and may be legally defined as her...
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