You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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.

More Biz

  • Transformers Bumblebee Superhero Girl

    Hasbro and DC Comics Settle 'Bumblebee' Trademark Dispute

    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 […]

  • Terry Crews

    Terry Crews' Ex-Social Media Manager Claims Actor Defamed Him, Owes Him $1 Million

    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 […]

  • David Nevins, President & CEO of

    Listen: Showtime's David Nevins on How Streaming Has Changed the Game

    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 […]

  • Ajit Pai FCC

    Why a Few Derailments Won't Stop the Media Merger Train

    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 […]

  • Amazon Music Names Andre Stapleton Head

    Amazon Music Names Andre Stapleton Head of U.S. Label Relations

    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 […]

  • Aerosmith Announces ‘Deuces Are Wild’ Las

    Aerosmith Announces ‘Deuces Are Wild’ Las Vegas Residency

    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 […]

  • Monster Hunter: World

    Tencent Logs $6 Billion Half Year Profit but Games Slowdown Hits Revenues

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content