Five of the most familiar faces on a local New York news channel are taking the channel to court. The New York Post reports that the veteran NY1 anchorwomen filed an age- and gender-discrimination lawsuit Wednesday in Manhattan federal court against NY1’s parent company, Charter Communications.
The Post adds that the suit was filed by “some of the local news network’s most famous female faces — Roma Torre, Kristen Shaughnessy, Jeanine Ramirez, Vivian Lee and Amanda Farinacci.”
The women allege in the filing that they have lost their airtime to younger female reporters, while at the same time older male personalities such as Pat Kiernan continue to thrive.
“The women, who range in age from 40 to 61, claim that Charter’s 2016 merger with founding parent company Time Warner Cable marked the beginning of a precipitous decline for their careers that continues to this day — and they want to make clear that their fight is with Charter,” The Post reports.
Lee, 44, reportedly told The Post: “This has nothing to do with the talents and abilities of those who were coming up behind us. It has everything to do with staking our claim to what we have earned rightfully.”
The suit reportedly alleges that the women’s career trajectories hit a wall soon after the merger and subsequent management changes, and that “they have since been forced to work in an environment that has become exceedingly hostile.”