Wednesday 29 June 2022 05:48 AM NeNe Leakes working toward settlement in discrimination suit against Andy ... trends now
NeNe Leakes is working toward an out of court settlement in her federal discrimination suit against Andy Cohen, Bravo, NBCUniversal and others claiming the companies that produced The Real Housewives of Atlanta oversaw a hostile and racist workplace.
A judge in Atlanta on Wednesday gave the defendants a 45-day extension after they asked for more time to 'negotiate' in the ongoing case, Page Six reported on Tuesday, citing court documents it reviewed.
Attorneys for Cohen, 54, Bravo and NBCU said in a June 24 motion that the issues named in the suit filed by Leakes, 54, are 'subject to arbitration in New York,' per contracts the parties previously agreed to, according to the outlet.
The latest: NeNe Leakes, 54, is working toward an out of court settlement in her federal discrimination suit against Andy Cohen, Bravo, NBCUniversal and others in a racist workplace suit. She was snapped Friday in LA at a BET event
While Leakes 'disagrees' with the prospects of using an arbiter in the case - an impartial third party that would issue a settlement in the suit - both sides remain 'in the process of negotiating this issue in an attempt to avoid the time and expense of a motion to compel arbitration,' the motion stated. (Arbitration would likely be held in New York City, where NBC Universal and Bravo have their main offices.)
Both parties 'agreed' that the 45-day timeframe was 'appropriate to complete these discussions,' leading to the judge granting the extension, according to court docs.
In the lawsuit, filed in April, Leakes, who is Black, told the court she had reported hearing racist remarks from white RHOA co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermann, 44, to higher-ups with the companies - and faced professional repercussions as a result.
'NBC, Bravo and True foster a corporate and workplace culture in which racially-insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated – if not, encouraged,' Leakes' legal team said in court docs in the suit, according to the Associated Press.
In the lawsuit, filed in April, Leakes told the court she had reported hearing racist remarks from white RHOA co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermann, 44, to higher-ups with the companies - and faced professional repercussions as a result
Leakes named Real Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen, 54, among the defendants in her lawsuit
Leakes said the companies she named in the suit - including Bravo and NBCUniversal - were in violation of federal employment and anti-discrimination laws, requesting that damages be determined in a trial
Leakes in May told TMZ that she felt she had been professionally sabotaged after complaining to higher-ups about the racist behavior she experienced.
'I’ve been blacklisted - when you haven’t worked in three years when all of a sudden you’re working and sought after, and suddenly you’re not working, it’s being blacklisted,' Leakes said. 'I was constantly being retaliated against, being blacklisted, not able to work; being silenced and so, you know it was difficult to do.'
The reality star, whose full name is Linnethia Monique Leakes, had appeared on 214 total episodes on The Real Housewives of Atlanta from 2008 and 2020, according to iMDb.
She was a regular on the show through the seventh season, was a part-time cast member in the show's seventh season, and returned as a regular from