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Eric Amdursky is a partner in O'Melveny & Myers LLP's Silicon


For Immediate Release- December 1, 2006
Attention: News Editors

   O’Melveny & Myers Represents Screen Actors Guild in Wrongful
               Termination/ Discrimination Lawsuits

   Millions of Dollars Paid by Screen Actors Guild Members to Minorities in
           Settlements and Legal Fees to O’Melveny & Myers Law Firm

December 1, 2006 -Hollywood--Eric Amdursky & Catherine B. Hagen, partners in
O'Melveny & Myers LLP have represented the Screen Actors Guild for the past
several years in discrimination lawsuits against SAG. Amdursky represents SAG
in a series of wrongful termination/discrimination cases. He also
represented Time Warner Entertainment Company and several affiliates in a
class action brought by television writers over the age of 40 alleging
industry-wide age discrimination against all of them. SAG, an affiliate of
the AFL-CIO has settled all of the wrongful termination and racial
discrimination cases by its minority employees. Three of which where settled
in recent months except one. SAG’s officials on its website have vowed to
fight allegations that it says are baseless against, Dr. Patricia Heisser
Metoyer, former affirmative action director. SAG’s record of dismissing
minority staff members is significant.

SAG an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, who gave Ruby and Ossie Davis the SAG
Lifetime Acheivement Award, prides itself on a long history of affirmative
action and diversity, has settled seven discrimination lawsuits by minority
employees since 2001. Valerie Quetel, an African-American who worked as a
benefits administrator and recruiter in the SAG's human resources department,
alleged a "pattern and practice" of discrimination by SAG. Quetel filed suit
in L.A. Superior Court alleging 22 causes of action. Quetel, was a 12-year
employee of SAG, filed a wrongful termination-racial discrimination lawsuit.
This case was settled by SAG.

In 2001, Peter Nguyen, Asian-American, an associate in the affirmative action
department worked for Heisser Metoyer, filed a wrongful termination suit that
has since been settled. Terms were kept confidential, as were the terms of a
settlement in a wrongful termination suit filed by former employee Ray McCoy
Daniel Jr., an African-American.

Another wrongful termination and discrimination case filed by former SAG
executive Thomas Baiz, a Mexican-American was settled by SAG. SAG also fired
Mexican-American employee, Hector Chavez. Chavez was the associate national
director of human resources, was terminated following six months on the job.
His case was settled as well.

Deborah Geter, an African-American, SAG employee for 20 years, was in charge
of monitoring and enforcing SAG’s Taft-Hartley waivers, which brought in $1
million a year to the union. The waivers allow producers to use nonunion
actors under certain conditions, and Geter would collect the financial
penalty for the use of the nonunion talent. This case settled by SAG.Former
secretary Kelley Langford, African-American sued SAG. SAG settled the
lawsuits with Langford.

In November 2003, Heisser Metoyer's lawsuit, filed in L.A. Superior Court,
was moved to U.S. District Court, Central District of California, where
George W. Bush appointed federal judge, John Walters threw out about half her
claims on technical grounds. Her case is currently on appeal in the U.S.
District Court of Appeal Ninth District.
Screen Actors Guild Discrimination Lawsuits                                     2
Heisser Metoyer sued SAG, alleging that she was forced out over her
complaints about the SAG's falsified statistics on the racial makeup of the
staff. The action also named the top two SAG execs at the time, John McGuire
and Leonard Chassman. . McGuire is currently” a senior adviser” to SAG and
Chassman retired with a substantial retirement package.

Eugenia Hicks, Heisser Metoyer’s attorney said in an L.A. Business Journal
article says   that Heisser Metoyer, on the job for little more than a year,
ended up in the bad graces of other SAG officials when she reported to the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that the union was exaggerating the
number of minorities on its 270-person staff.

     "When she got in there she actually started doing something and she
     stepped on some toes. Some people didn't like that," Hicks said. "They
     decided to retaliate and they did it with a vengeance."

SAG has countersued Heisser Metoyer, and O'Melveny & Myers joined its
original firm in the suits, Geffner & Bush.

The suits, brought by Heisser Metoyer, have been litigated by Eric Amdursky
and Catherine B. Hagen, among other O’Melveny & Myers attorneys, hearing is
set for February 16, 2006 before Superior Court Judge David Minning, for
additional attorney’s fees. Heisser Metoyer pursued in house discrimination
allegations along with her opposition to affirmative action budget cuts.
There were no minorities among the 30 top SAG execs. The suit alleged that
the dismissal came in retaliation. In the suit, she accused SAG's then-human
resources director at the time, Linda Shick, of calling her a “black bitch”
and alleged that there had been a continuing deterioration in the workplace
environment at SAG, with minority employees staging a letter-writing campaign
to the board that accused Shick and associates of repeated breaches of

Shick and Kathy Nirschl, the No. 2 exec in SAG's human resources department
in 2001, departed their posts later, with SAG saying they had left for other
job opportunities

In addition to firing Nguyen in March, 2001 McGuire and Chassman also
dismissed Celine Bae, Asian-American employee from the affirmative action
department, and placed its then-chief   for three years , Heisser Metoyer,
who until then received many industry commendations, on leave during the
same week, firing her on May 31, 2001.

SAG later hired David White, African-American, formerly of O’Melveny and
Myers as Senior Legal Counsel, who consistently throughout the last years,
declined comment on all of the suits and execs refused to disclose any
details about the cases to the national executive committee, which is
composed of national board members. During that same period

“The suits are yet another complication embroiling the union, which has
historically been beset by internal and external battles and [racial]
strife.” By not speaking publicly, SAG has kept the discrimination lawsuits
in the background.

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