Matthew Luke, a former employee of Al Jazeera America is suing the network for $15M after Osman Mahmud, one of the network's vice presidents, made comments such as “whoever supports Israel should die a fiery death in hell.”
According to Politico, Luke also alleges that Mahmud removed female employees from projects, excluded women from emails and meetings and made discriminatory, anti-Semitic and anti-American remarks.
The lawsuit also alleges that Mahmud told a female SVP of News Gathering that he wanted to replace an Israeli cameraman with a Palestinian one whose qualifications for the position were questionable. Mahmud dismissed the female who said the Israeli cameraman would yield the highest quality journalism.
Luke claims that soon after he went to human resources to complain about Mahmud's behaviour, he was told he did not fit into the company's culture and was fired.
Mahmud is calling the allegations a “pack of lies.”
Politico adds that after the lawsuit was filed, the network announced two top executives – both females – were leaving the company.
The network says that Dana Lee and Dawn Bridges, were leaving the company because work in cable is “extremely time consuming.”