ABC’s morning talk staple “The View” has been hit with a $1 million lawsuit, the New York Post’s Page Six reports, with a former producer on the show claiming she was “abused” and forced to deal with poor office conditions and low performance evaluations because of her age.
“Bernadette Piccolomini, 63, was ‘humiliated’ after her younger boss, Scott Tucker, played favorites with workers his own age, lashed out at her and screamed, ‘I’m the boss!,’ according to an age discrimination lawsuit filed against ABC in Brooklyn federal court on Aug. 28,” the story reports.
The piece quotes court papers alleging: “The younger and less experienced Mr. Tucker commenced a course of abusive conduct against the older plaintiff,” and, “Tucker engaged in a tirade, screaming and abusing Ms. Piccolomini.”
The report adds: “Despite Piccolomini’s stellar performance, Tucker also gave her a poor performance review in October 2012 and assigned her to an office with no windows, the suit claims.”
Piccolomini, who had worked for ABC since 1981 and began work on “The View” in 2000, reportedly made higher-ups at the network aware of her situation. In response, according to court papers, she was given a choice between losing her job and moving from New York to an office in Los Angeles.
She opted not to relocate and has been out of the job for about a year. The lawsuit is asking for $1 million, according to the report.