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Lawsuit by Veteran Meteorologist Accuses L.A. Station of Ageism and Sexism THR

A major TV station in Los Angeles has been sued by a veteran meteorologist who claims that the station didn't consider him for a job because it was seeking a young, attractive woman, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Hollywood, Esq.

Meteorologist Kyle Hunter, who filed the lawsuit against KABC-TV Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims he applied for the job in June 2011 but wasn't interviewed, nor were "multiple qualified persons age 40 and over" who applied but also were not interviewed.

Hunter, who describes himself as having worked at stations in Los Angeles and San Diego and holding a bachelor's and master's degree in meteorology, claims that the station's general manager and news director "had previously decided to hire a young, attractive female for this position -- preferably a blonde who physically resembled Indra Petersons," who had previously held the role.

The lawsuit alleges that Bri Winkler, who was hired for the job, didn't submit a formal application and that she was a recent college grad who had worked on-air for one year in Amarillo, Texas, the story says. Jumping from a small market like Amarillo to Los Angeles is unusual, the suit claims.

KABC didn't immediately respond to requests for comment, the story adds.

This isn't the first time around for Hunter with a discrimination lawsuit. THR reported separately in March 2012 that Hunter filed a similar suit against CBS Broadcasting and L.A. stations KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV. Hunter was represented by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred at that time.

That earlier THR story reports: "Hunter alleges 'that within the past few years, KCAL and KCBS decided to hire young attractive women as weathercasters in prime time rather than men in order to induce more men to watch their prime time newscasts,' according to the suit. That means there was no place for Hunter, an over-40 male meteorologist with impeccable credentials, he says."