The lawsuit names Dennis Ferrier, Jennifer Johnson and Nancy Van Camp as the plaintiffs and WSMV/Meredith management as the defendants of the suit. The allegations are that management at Meredith harassed staff members over age before they left the station.
Here is Meredith’s response to the Allegations
Meredith denies the claims according to the report:
Paul Karpowicz, president of Meredith Local Media Group, maintained Tuesday that the claims are without merit.
“While we do not discuss personnel matters publicly out of respect for the individuals, it is unfortunate that they have decided to suggest that their age or gender was a factor in their respective departures, or that they were mistreated in any way,” he said. “That is simply not true.”
The general manager and news director at the station’s helm during the time when the lawsuit alleges discrimination and mistreatment no longer work at WSMV.
The plaintiffs allege WSMV “transformed into a workplace where veteran on-air personalities were permitted to become the targets of a persistent pattern and practice of age discrimination, harassment, hostility and retaliation,” the lawsuit said.