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American Idol Reject Re-Files Suit for $100M

By Jason Beahm on September 03, 2010 1:41 PM

"If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning."

"I met someone the other night who's 28 years old, and he hasn't worked a day since he left college because he's pursuing a dream he'll never, ever realize: He thinks he's a great singer. Actually, he's crap." -Simon Cowell

The hosts of American Idol have been known for this kind of tough criticism. Cowell was, of course, famous for his occasional critical rants. Eventually the ill will was likely to turn back at him and now American Idol is facing a $100 million lawsuit. Ian Berardo, a former Americal Idol reject, originally sued for $300 million but withdrew that lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges federal violations of workplace discrimination law as well as sexual harassment. Ian Berardo, who came on stage and stole the microphone from Dane Cook during the live Idol finale and caused controversy, claims the show told him to "gay it up." Benardo filed the withdrawn suit with the NY State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Benardo, American Idol reject, also claims Dane Cook personally threatened him when the show was over and that a producer told Benardo that Dane wanted to "shove this mic up your ass but you would like it," TMZ reports.

Workplace discrimination and sexual harassment claims are common causes of action filed against businesses, both large and small. Businesses, including law firms are wise to have a clear workplace policy in effect that forbids any harassment. Routine reminders and training programs are another tool available to help prevent discrimination and harassment lawsuits.

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