WPIX-TV has been hit with a $4.5 million lawsuit alleging age discrimination by former news director Karen Scott, 60, the New York Daily News reports.
Scott alleges she was fired last year because of her age and not for the reason she was given, which was lower news ratings, the report says. The suit claims that former WPIX general manager Betty Ellen Berlamino allegedly said of 72-year old reporter Marvin Scott, who is no relation to Karen Scott, "Why doesn’t he just retire already?" According to the article, WPIX anchor Tong, 59, was allegedly another target, with the station giving her more work in an attempt to get her to quit.
Says the article, "When [Sal] Marchiano left the station in 2008, WPIX said it was his decision. But he later said he was forced out. ‘Reports about my retirement were – and are – inaccurate,’ said Marchiano, a longtime fixture on the New York sports scene."
A spokeswoman for WPIX declined to comment, while Berlamino, who was fired earlier this month as owner Tribune sought to make some changes at the station, didn’t return a request for comment, the report says.