In New York City, 5 long time presenters and reporters for NY1 are suing the station and its owner, Charter Communications, on the charges of age discrimination and gender discrimination. The presenters, Roma Torre (weekday news presenter ; part of the original launch team in 1992), Kristen Shaughnessy (weekend news presenter; at the station since 1995), Janine Ramirez (presenter/ Brooklyn reporter; since 1995), Amanda Farinacci (Staten Island reporter; since 2000) and Vivian Lee (reporter/ weekend presenter; since 2008). The lawsuit claims that
Women over 40 have been benched in favor of women in their 20s and 30s, the lawsuit says; women whom management seems "to be grooming" as "'literal 'replacements' that track each of Plaintiffs' respective appearances and ethnic backgrounds." Ramirez's go-to fill-in anchor, according
Details on the lawsuit can be found here:
The presenters also wrote an open letter to viewers about why they are suing NY1:
We have talented younger female colleagues. There are professional young women across the media who will one day reach our age and absent a cultural shift may one day find themselves in an all too familiar situation. We are fighting for any woman who has reached a certain age and has been intentionally marginalized, passed-over and deemed less relevant because of her age. We are fighting for any woman who found themselves signing a severance deal that felt more like hush money, rather than a genuine thank you for years of loyalty and hard work. We are fighting for our colleagues who see what is happening but do not dare speak up for fear of retribution. We are fighting for ourselves and we are fighting for all of them.
The full letter can be found here:
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