ViacomCBS is letting go of staff amid a reorganization of its corporate diversity and inclusion department. Sources tell Variety that the cuts are concentrated in CBS’ legacy corporate-diversity department.
According to sources, five members of CBS’ nine-person corporate diversity team have been let go or have been told that their positions are likely to be eliminated. Among those affected are two high-ranking corporate diversity execs and three assistants, one of whom is a contract employee. All impacted employees have either left or are expected to leave the company by May 31. One source told Variety that talks with employees are ongoing and that final decisions regarding the makeup of the ViacomCBS corporate diversity and inclusion team have not been made.
A ViacomCBS spokesperson declined to comment.
Sources tell Variety that New York-based staffers were first informed that positions would be eliminated last month after a meeting with global head of inclusion Marva Smalls at Viacom’s corporate headquarters to discuss planning for the media giant’s efforts for Black History Month.
Smalls was named global head of inclusion for ViacomCBS in November, ahead of the closing of the deal that saw Viacom acquire CBS Corp. She previously held the …