TMZ has obtained a letter, submitted to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by NY attorney James H. Freeman -- in which he asks for permission to sue Idol and FOX on behalf of his clients ... who have all appeared on the show:
Corey Clark (Season 2), Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Donnie Williams (Season 3), Terrell Brittenum (Season 5), Derrell Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas Daniels (Season 6), Akron Watson (Season 6), Ju'Not Joyner (Season 8) and Chris Golightly (Season 9).
Interestingly, Jermaine Jones from season 11 was not included on the list despite the fact he, too, was disqualified.
Freeman alleges "Idol" has been conducting a "cruel and inhumane" scheme to exploit and humiliate black contestants for ratings.
Nigel Lythgoe denied to TMZ anything of the sort is happening.