Pink-slipped from his producing job at KNBC Los Angeles about two years ago after almost a decade at the station, Frank Snepp has decided to double up on his battle against his former employer. The 71-year-old Emmy and Peabody winner on Wednesday filed a wrongful-termination complaint against NBCUniversal and the LA O&O seeking a jury trial and “compensatory, general and punitive damages.”
Casting decisions made by television stations qualify as protected speech and cannot be challenged in an employment discrimination lawsuit, a California appeals court ruled.
After reportedly reaching a settlement with one fired senior executive, Fox News now is targeted by another ex-executive in an age discrimination lawsuit.
NBC News, Comcast and NBCUniversal are being sued by a former investigative journalist who claims that he was the victim of age discrimination, and was fired after complaining repeatedly about ageism in his workplace, according to court papers.
The former executive assistant to NBC affiliate WTHR President John Cardenas has filed an age- and sexual-discrimination lawsuit against the station and parent Dispatch Broadcasting Group. Debbie Wiley, 60, alleges her complaints about Cardenas were not adequately investigated and that she was fired last June in retaliation.
Tribune’s WPIX New York beat back age-discrimination claims from a former news director who said she was fired as part of a scheme to oust older workers. A Manhattan federal jury ruled against plaintiff Karen Scott midway through its second day of deliberations.
Vicky Gutierrez filed suit against the Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo and parent NBCUniversal alleging she was replaced with a younger woman.