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Gay Miami Newsman Fired After Filing Complaint

8/7/2009 1:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gay Miami Newsman Fired After Filing ComplaintAn openly gay Miami news anchor has officially been fired from his job, just one week after the guy filed a sexual discrimination complaint against his bosses -- and the anchor claims the timing is no coincidence.

The man in the center of the controversy is Charles Perez -- who you may remember from "Inside Edition" or his nationally syndicated talk show, "The Charles Perez Show."

The drama all began in June, when Perez was "demoted" from the local ABC nightly evening newscast to the weekend edition -- and Perez claims it was because the station felt he was "becoming too gay" for the public to handle.

Perez decided to file a complaint with the Miami-Dade County Equal Opportunity Board, in which he details a performance review, where one of his bosses warned him that he smiled on air too much and that he and his female co-anchor were "like girlfriends while on the set."

Perez believes he was fired in retaliation for filing the complaint with the EOB. The station claims Perez's recent "actions" left them "no real choice" but to fire him, according to The Miami Herald.

Here's the catch -- the boss who demoted him is himself gay and issued a statement saying, "As a gay man myself, I can safely say the station does not discriminate against gay people." The station also denies the allegation.

But Perez isn't buying it, and tells TMZ he plans on filing a "7 or 8 figure lawsuit" against both the station and it's parent company, the Washington Post.

But there's more -- Perez believes this whole thing started because of a very private email that was hacked out of his computer by an ex-boyfriend and sent to his colleagues at his news station back in March.

Perez claims the email was a private exchange with his therapist, in which "sexual identity" was discussed. Perez claims when his co-workers read the email, they wrongly believed that he wanted to become a woman -- and that's when people at the station began treating him differently.
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go FL gators    

omg hello you work in freakng miami!!!!! if your not gay your weird.. has anyone seen miami social? either the owners of the station live out of state or your a d*** sorry !

1819 days ago
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Laura in Lauderdale    

The only gay people that work at ABC are behind the scenes. Perez is the only gay anchor on ABC in any on the major US markets. Now they fire him for being TOO GAY??? SHAME ON YOU ABC!

1819 days ago
18.

balls    

balls

1819 days ago
19.

Mega    

So he got fired for trying to force his choice of lifestyle on the rest of the world? Sounds like he got what he deserved.

1819 days ago
20.

Carter Forster - London, Ontario, Canada    

Mmm! I looooove flesh cigar smokers! hehehe ;-) HOT!

1819 days ago
21.

bemybaby    

"Enter Whining" the gay men's bible. Yes gay men, I love you, but you ARE a bunch of whiners.

1819 days ago
22.

Larry D. Crumbley    

PUKE, PUKE PUKE, AND ALL THE OTHER STUFF RELATED TO THAT. WHY DO WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO HEAR ABOUT THESE IDIOTS. KEEP IT IN THE BACKGROUND. DON'T WE HAVE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT, OUTSIDE SOME HOMOSEXUAL GETTING FIRED. EVERY DAY NORMAL PEOPLE ARE LET GO FROM THERE JOBS,AND YOU DO NOT HEAR THEM CRYING THEY WERE MISTREATED BECAUSE THEY ARE NORMAL DO YOU? Oh YEA THEY ARE MORE SPECIAL THAN THE REST OF SOCIETY RIGHT? THEY ARE NO MORE SPECIAL THAN ANYBODY ELSE, THEY JUST THINK THAT THEY ARE, AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES ME SICK, AND FED-UP WITH HEARING EVERY OTHER DAY ABOUT THEM, AND THERE KIND.

1819 days ago
23.

oreo    

To # 16 go florida gators

BOO!!!! Go Floirda State Seminoles!!

1819 days ago
24.

Daddy wants some of the pie too.    

Geez, the guy that demoted him is gay. I'm glad his boss said it had nothing to do with him being gay. Too many times people jump on the bandwagon crying racism or sexism just because they are the same color sex or are gay without any regard to if they believe there is any credibility to the claim. If ratings go down the stations going to do something about it if its because someones picking their nose on the set or being "too gay". Sounds like that station has been good to gays-and his thanks them with this? I'd fire him too. He's not a team player. Was stupid to file the lawsuit. With a gay boss saying it has nothing to do with his being gay but because he was making the ratings drop is sound. Also making waves filing lawsuits and "burning bridges" is a justifiable reason to can him. He doesn't stand a chance.

1819 days ago
25.

Oscar in Miami Beach    


Haven't America realize in the 21st century in 2009 that Florida is a hemorroid in the body of theUSA and Miami the end of that hemoroid.Florida even looks like one.It is abominable.The most backward state in the Union.Also the northermost Banana Republic.People are closeminded and backwards.Also Miami is one of the most dangerous cities in the USA.Crime is rampant and the police quite inefficient.The place is out of control.Also do not drive because 75% of the people have no insurance and as many no drivers license either.Out of control.Tell me about it,I live here and unfortunately no means to move out.Aweful.

1819 days ago
26.

Sheryl    

Are You Serious?? And the beat goes on.....LOL

1819 days ago
27.

Jeep Fu    

Maybe if this homosexual stayed in the closet instead of wearing his sexuality on his sleeve he would still have a job?

People don't want to watch flamers hosting the news.

The news should be just that...the news. No bias. No agenda. Obviously this homosexual wanted to push his agenda without approval and got canned for it.

If this homosexual wants to be treated the same as everyone else why is he acting so different?

1819 days ago
28.

Daddy wants some of the pie too.    

Get a clue. You filed a lawsuit against your company so of course you got fired. "Perez believes he was fired in retaliation for filing the complaint with the EOB." DUH. Funny how some can be so intelligent but also so STUPID.
You should have taken your demotion like anyone one else would of but NO you went on a power trip making waves and LOST. They dont want you now. "7 to 8 figures"? LOLOL All you're gonna get is $200k is legal fees. Lots of people get treated differently at work when rumours ciculate around about them. Part of life. If you wanna be worshipped buy a dog.If you wanna file a lawsuit file a "Defamation of character" suit against your ex bf. You have a lot better chance of winning that one(almost nil) than of winning the one against your company(totally nil) May wanna see a shrink too. Sounds like you have a little bit of paranoid schizophrenia going on.

1819 days ago
29.

Woo Hoo!!!!    

I believe him. Why? Because I know record industry executives that are gay that have told closeted gay singers to stay in the closet because they want them to keep their fanbase so they'll keep the money rolling in. That's all anybody cares about these days is money. So if it happens in the music business, then why not in the news business?

1819 days ago
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minnesotaman    

I am pleased with the kind and understanding remarks on the discussion here. Often times, as in this case, discrimination is guised under other seemingly logical reasons for doing so. Having a gay boss does not make it a special case at all - internalized homophobia is very common in the gay world, leading gay people to discriminate against gay people. Closeted republican politicians are an excellent example. I am, however, disturbed by remarks made by some people that discuss sexuality as a choice, and that Perez was pushing his lifestyle on the people, and that he should have acted like the rest (a.k.a a white heterosexual male that seems to define the 'norm' for this country) to be treated like the rest. I wonder what cave these individuals are living in. It is 2009, and they should seriously venture out of their bigoted, and sadly ignorant thinking. Best of luck to Perez - I look forward to all kinds of precedence set with this case.

1819 days ago
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