NBCUniversal and one of its major-market stations are being sued by Emmy- and Peabody-winning investigative producer Frank Snepp. Deadline.com reports that Snepp, 71, filed a wrongful-termination complaint against NBCU and KNBC-TV, the Los Angeles affiliate where he was let go and reportedly replaced amid what he alleges is a pattern of age bias.
Snepp’s lawsuit was filed one day before a hearing on a similar age-bias suit he filed against Comcast, NBC4 (KNBC) and NBC News last fall, the story adds.
“That motion for summary judgment hearing could see Snepp’s previous case come to an end just as this one is beginning,” the piece notes.
The article reports: “While the previous suit was for age discrimination, this one is going more for the corporate jugular in pinpointing exactly how Snepp says Comcast started trying to get rid of older employees after it took over NBCUniversal in late 2009.”
According to the lawsuit, “The company’s strategy for eliminating older employers followed consistent patterns. Existing ‘producer’ positions and titles were eliminated or changed, all producers, editors, cameramen and news writers were required to apply for new jobs with new titles and vague qualifications and job descriptions.”
The complaint adds: “Those targeted for elimination, invariably older employees, soon found themselves ‘marginalized,’ cut off from the station’s mainstream work or inhibited or harassed in doing it, then criticized in employee evaluations for allegedly not doing it, then finally terminated on some vague, trumped-up performance-related complaint.”
Snepp is a former CIA agent and the author of the books “Decent Interval” and “Irreparable Harm.”