CBS and its TV station group have been hit with a lawsuit filed by award-winning investigative reporter Michele Gillen. Deadline reports that Gillen filed an age- and gender-discrimination lawsuit accusing the company of fostering a misogynistic “good ole boy’s club culture” at Miami station WFOR-TV.
She reportedly alleges she was subjected to humiliating and degrading treatment and was retaliated against for filing complaints.
“Gillen joined WFOR-TV in 1997, and throughout her 19-year career at the CBS-owned station collected 25 regional Emmy Awards and a total of 46 nominations for investigative series that exposed human trafficking and inhumane conditions in jails that incarcerated the mentally ill,” Deadline reports. “Despite these professional accolades, Gillen’s suit alleges, she was treated differently than her male or younger female colleagues. She claims projects she pitched or developed either were ignored or given to other reporters, while she was given less desirable assignments and offered little or no support. She personally paid for production assistants, camera operators and editors to maintain the quality of her on-air work.”
The report quotes Gillen’s claim saying: “The culture of toxic misogyny exposed of late in Hollywood and the national media outlets is and has been thriving at CBS. From the corporate headquarters in New York to the CBS owned and operated station WFOR-TV in Miami, CBS management and human resources is entrenched in what can generously be described as the ‘good ole boy’s club’ culture, which fosters misogyny, places men on a pedestal, elevates and protects men despite bad behavior, emboldens and protects bullies; and, often with the help of bullies, pushes women out who are beyond the age of forty.”