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Age, gender discrimination may occur in New York companies

A woman who used to work as an anchor at a local television station in another state recently claimed that she suffered from gender and age discrimination. She has thus decided to file a lawsuit against the owner of the station. When employees in New York face illegal discrimination, it is within their rights to seek justice through the civil court system.

According to her suit, the station created an age limit for female anchors but did not institute such a ceiling for its male anchors. Women were reportedly aged out of the station when they reached their mid-40s to their late 40s. However, men who were primetime anchors allegedly did not face these same job requirements.

The woman who filed the lawsuit had started with the station back in 2003. At that time, she co-anchored the primetime newscasts at the station. She claimed that she did not receive written or verbal warnings regarding her job performance and never received indications that she would lose her job. However, in 2015, the woman was terminated when she turned 47. In her lawsuit, the woman is seeking unspecified damages.

Companies in New York are legally obligated to create a work environment that does not feature discrimination. Thus, when an employee faces discrimination based on factors such as age, gender or race, he or she may choose to file a claim against his or her employer, seeking damages. Understanding which facts have to be proved is essential for prevailing in this type of civil court case.

Source: kansascity.com, "Former KCTV-5 anchor Karen Fuller files discrimination suit", Tony Rizzo, June 7, 2017

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