UNIVERSAL BATTLES DISCRIMINATION CLAIM

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Universal Pictures began a federal court trial on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The case is unique in part because the assistant director (Frank Davis) was fired from the movie “2 Fast 2 Furios” over the objections of the movie’s director, John Singleton. The EEOC alleges that Davis’ firing was because he is black. Universal denies the allegation. Singleton, who is also black, has told others that he suspected that race played a role in Davis’ dismissal. Published reports indicate that Singleton’s speculation about the motivation for Davis’ firing will not be admissible. LA Times, June 12, 2007