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Kanye West Sued For Discrimination Against Black Employees

This lawsuit follows another filed by a former employee also claiming racial discrimination by West.

Kanye West’s former security guards seeks damages from the controversial rapper, who now goes by Ye, for wrongful termination and alleged discrimination against Black employees.

Benjamin Deshon Pravo filed the lawsuit April 26, according to People. He worked at security for both West’s now-defunct Donda Academy and a clothing warehouse for the Yeezy brand. While under West’s employment, Pravo claims that he witnessed and suffered from racial discrimination.

Pravo, 46, alleges that West would only “berate” the Black employees, while speaking to their white counterparts in a professional manner. Pravo emphasized West’s “abrupt, abrasive, and demeaning” treatment of Black workers.

Moreover, Pravo believes his unjust firing stemmed from him refusing to cut his locs. He shared of the increased pressure to shave his head by West and his team. The issue led to an ultimatum: do so or risk termination.

“However, Plaintiff refused,” the complaint states. “Thereafter, Hicks approached Plaintiff and stated, ‘Kanye said, ‘Tell the one with the dreads to shave his head or he is fired.’ Plaintiff refused to shave his head, and as a result thereof, his employment was terminated.”

This lawsuit follows another filed by another ex-employee, which claimed that West would yell at Black employees. The legal action, prompted by Trevor Phillips, detailed that Donda Academy students could hear West using anti-Semitic and homophobic language.

Pravo’s lawsuit also detailed other damaging accusations toward the “New Slaves” rapper. West allegedly wanted to rid Donda Academy of books that pertained to any prominent Black activists, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Pravo seeks damages for the hostile work environment, discrimination and retaliation faced. He also wants an injunction against West to operate any school meant for children under 18.

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