Voice of Russia under federal investigation for racial discrimination

Russia’s Washington-based media empire is under federal investigation for racial discrimination in the workplace after at least three of its radio journalists complained they were subjected to or witnessed racial insults from management, unequal treatment of black employees, and retaliatory firings.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is investigating Voice of Russia (VOR), the radio arm of the Russian government’s U.S. media operation, and has started to subpoena emails and reach out to employees, according to sources close to the case.

The complaints were filed by two black female radio hosts, Jamila Bey and Kim Brown, and one white male radio host, Carmen Russell-Sluchansky. The three no longer work at VOR.

Bey and Brown were allegedly terminated from VOR last November, several months after filing their complaints. Russell-Sluchansky’s complaint contends he was let go last November because management believed he helped Bey and Brown file their claims.

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