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Charles Perez: Fired For Being Gay Live On Air?

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After telling Miami-Dade’s Equal Opportunity Board that network brass demoted him from his anchor slot in a discrimination complaint that claims his sexuality played a role, gay Miami newscaster Charles Perez has been booted from the station entirely.

The move comes a week after Perez’s complaint alleged he’d been pushed into a chain of demotion after personal emails to his therapist made their way into the inboxes of colleagues (allegedly forwarded his ex, who he’s in the middle of a domestic dispute with).

And while Perez says he plans to file a “7 or 8 figure lawsuit” against ABC affiliate WPLG (wrongful termination? discrimination?), TMZ notes that “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.'”

Maybe so. And while we’ll let the courts work this out, it’s not going to bode well for WPLG that they fired him one week after he complained about being discriminated against. Please, Perez, have some of your boss’ comments on tape!