Political reporter Shelly Sindland, host of Fox61’s local political show “The Real Story” and the station’s most senior reporter, has filed an age/gender discrimination complaint with the Connecticut Human Rights and Opportunities Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the station.
Sindland’s eye-opening complaint alleges a systematic pattern of age and gender discrimination at the station. On her blog today, Sindland said the following about the complaint:
I am doing this for my daughter as well as the other women at the television station both young and “old”. I do not in any way see this as a case of of “us” versus “them.” It is quite the contrary. I have come to think of the younger women at the station as friends and truly care about them. What is happening to me, is, by no means, their fault.
It’s just that, one day, they too will also be older and perhaps, mothers as well, and may not be considered “sexy enough.” The simple truth is that such issues should not be considered negative factors in a workplace – whether it is a factory or a television news organization.
The commission has 200 days to investigate the complaint. After that it may become a lawsuit.