Writers Sound Off About Litigious ‘SEAL Group’ Staffer Who Claims He Misplaced Gig As a result of He Used to be White & Male

Writers Sound Off About Litigious ‘SEAL Group’ Staffer Who Claims He Misplaced Gig As a result of He Used to be White & Male

A lawsuit filed by way of a SEAL Group script coordinator and freelancer who claims he used to be denied a writing place as a result of he’s a immediately white man has already struck a chord with fellow scribes.

Many took to X to precise their frustration with freelance scribe Brian Beneker, who says within the criticism that he suffered by way of no longer being a part of “the popular hiring teams; this is, they had been nonwhite, LGBTQ, or feminine.” He also known as out the “unlawful coverage” of variety, fairness and inclusion measures.

Beneker, who has labored on SEAL Group since 2017 and sooner than that used to be a script coordinator on Sons of Anarchy, claims in 2019 that he wondered present showrunner Spencer Hudnut over why earlier showrunner John Glenn had employed a brand new male author when Glenn claimed on the time that “there have been already too many body of workers writers and there used to be no room for CBS to rent [Beneker].”

“Hudnut indicated it used to be as a result of he used to be Black,” the criticism says.

Whilst proceeding his activity as script coordinator, Beneker wrote 3 episodes of the David Boreanaz-led collection in 2019. He has any other one supposedly set to air because the 8th episode of the collection’ upcoming 7th and ultimate season. His swimsuit is sponsored by way of former Trump White Space marketing consultant Stephen Miller’s nonprofit The united states First Criminal Basis.

Many writers known as Beneker’s bluff by way of both bringing up UCLA’s annual Hollywood variety record, or calling out his previous efficiency.

“I labored with this man in 2000–I used to be a author, he used to be a script coordinator and a significantly bizarre duck THEN,” wrote Jorge A. Reyes (Queen of the South) on X. “He thinks by no means gotten a body of workers author activity in 24 years as a result of he’s white? …. Now, with the intention to no longer face that reality, he hyperlinks up with Trump’s Minister of Data in a bullshit crybaby-ass lawsuit whose simplest actual objective is as a cudgel in opposition to still-underrepresented teams who STILL hang traditionally low numbers of the to be had jobs right here.”

“As a lady of colour, I do know that many of us see me and routinely suppose ‘unqualified for the activity’; till I will turn out differently,” wrote Helen Shang (13 Causes Why). “You’re no longer the default. We doubt you. So justify your self. It’s the boulder that I and others proceed to need to push.”

Provides The Black Listing founder Franklin Leonard, “There’s numerous actually hilarious stuff right here, however in the hunt for a court docket order to make you a complete time manufacturer at the display you’ve been script coordinating is actually fantastic stuff.”

Beneker is looking for $500,000 in alleged misplaced wages, and “an injunction requiring defendants to supply plaintiff a full-time activity as a manufacturer.” Click on to learn Beneker’s discrimination lawsuit, which used to be filed ultimate week in U.S. District Court docket in California.

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