SAG sees 8th suit over firing

Group has settled five of the cases

A former Screen Actors Guild exec has sued the Guild, accusing the union of wrongful termination for his opposition to alleged racial discrimination within SAG.

The action, filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court by Hector Chavez, lists five causes of action and seeks unspecified exemplary and punitive damages. Chavez was dismissed from his post as associate director of human resources in January after six months in the job.

Chavez’ suit was the eighth such action filed against SAG in recent years. SAG has reached settlements in five of the suits but remains in litigation with former affirmative action director Patricia Heisser Metoyer.

SAG spokeswoman Ilyanne Kichaven said, “Mr. Chavez was a short-term employee of SAG and we regret that things did not work out. As we are in litigation, we cannot comment any further on this matter other than to say SAG is confident that the pending litigation will be resolved in our favor.”

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