Telemundo, NBCU Hit With Lawsuit Over Firing of Reporter THR
Vicky Gutierrez, who worked at the Los Angeles-area Telemundo station KVEA-TV from 2003 until March 2012, is suing Telemundo and parent company NBCUniversal for age discrimination, alleging she was kicked off the air when she turned 50, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood, Esq.
She also claims the network replaced her with a younger woman, according to the complaint.
"Defendants claim to have 'laid off' Ms. Gutierrez, age 50, but they actually terminated her, without cause and in breach of the employment contract between the parties, and promptly replaced her with a substantially younger woman to 'look' younger and 'better' to attract better ratings and at a lower cost to the employer," the complaint alleges.
The suit accuses the defendants of wrongful termination, retaliation and age discrimination, the report notes.