Ex-SAG exec files discrimination suit

Baiz claims discrimination, unfair termination against thesps union

A former executive with the Screen Actors Guild has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the union, claiming he was unfairly passed over for a promotion, then fired.

In a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Thomas Chavez Baiz, who is Mexican-American, said the Guild discriminated against him by refusing to promote him in 1998 to the position of executive administrator — affirmative action. He was later fired from his job as assistant administrator.

According to the complaint, Baiz was given the position of “acting executive administrator” after the former executive administrator left the job in December 1997.

“Mr. Baiz was qualified for the permanent position of Executive Administrator — Affirmative Action,” the suit said, but the job was given to an external applicant who was not Mexican-American in May, 1998. Baiz was terminated from his job as assistant administrator in July 1998.

The suit seeks unspecified back pay and general and punitive damages.

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