MIAMI — A long-time CBS4 cameraman who sued the station when it allegedly demoted him for fat-shaming star reporter Jim DeFede has settled the legal dispute.
The detail of the deal, signed three days before Christmas, are not included in the file.
“The matter is confidential,” said photographer Muhamad Hassan’s lawyer, Peter Hoogerwoerd.
This much is known: Hassan is still working for CBS4 despite nine months of litigation.
After working for the network-owned station for 27 years, Hassan sued in federal court March 23 for religious, racial and age discrimination.
A former Florida A&M football player, Hassan changed his name from Wilfred Ardley since becoming a Muslim. He is black and is 57 years old.
According to court papers, Hassan claims he was demoted from a choice assignment on the station’s investigative team for failing to make DeFede look thinner through carefully orchestrated camera angles.
Muhamad claims he was asked to “protect DeFede’s figure,” the paperwork reads. The complaint claims Hassan complied the best he could, but that may not have been good enough. He was demoted after a sit-down with supervisors where he was accused of fat-shaming DeFede, whose weight makes him the most unlikely TV personality in South Florida.
In his lawsuit, Hassan asked for punitive damages after also citing the fact one of his colleagues asked “what’s wrong with your people?” when Muslims were in the news.
Things got bad enough, according to court papers, that Hassan requested sensitivity training for his co-workers.
CBS4 General Manager Adam Levy wrote in an email didn’t respond to a request for comment.