December 3rd, 2013
10:58 AM ET

'Archie' Boss Says White Men Not in 'Protected Class'

The CEO of Archie Comics is in a controversial lawsuit.  

Nancy Silberkleit, who took over the company when her husband died in 2008, has been accused of sexual harassment by five employees but she says they do not have a case because they are white men who are not part of a “protected class."

Legal Analyst and Criminal Defense Attorney Danny Cevallos says, “All of us are members of a protected class, that's why I'm a little confused by this court filing. The bottom line is this, you can hire and fire people for any reason in the world, unless, and it’s a big unless, it’s based on your membership in a protected class. But white males are members of a class, just like any other race, any other gender and any other religion. It's not that you have to be a historically disadvantaged member of the class, but that you are treated differently because of your membership in a particular class."

Silberkleit has allegedly been referring to her male employees by their anatomical structure. Although that seems like the main reason in the lawsuit, there has been a history with Silberkleit and the employees of this company.

“This whole story, if you do a little bit of digging, and it doesn’t take much, it’s a hot mess," says "New Day's" Michaela Pereira.

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  1. William

    White males are among the most discriminated against in the U.S. because of affirmative action. Bunch of BS.

    December 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Reply

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