Shelly Sindland Files Discrimination Complaint Against FOX61

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.

Christine Stuart and The Laurel have the details, as well as the actual complaint (here and here).

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.

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9 responses to “Shelly Sindland Files Discrimination Complaint Against FOX61

  1. BristolDem

    The Shelly Sindland “retirement” seemed fishy at the time. This is a very damming claim.

  2. BristolDem

    D’oh! I meant the Susan Christensen “retirement”.

  3. I think Shelly Sindland is one of the best reporters we have here in Connecticut.

    Good for her, I’m sure she’s right and I hope some changes are made as a result.

  4. I guess the reason the Fox executives are acting the way they do is because they believe (probably correctly, at least somewhat) that people will be more likely to watch younger (and presumably prettier) female reporters than older reporters…

    Have any other stations offers Sindland a job? (I rarely watch local news in CT, and never Fox since it’s on at 10 and not 11, so I have no idea about the personalities).

    Suppose a younger female reporter gets higher ratings than an older, more experienced reporter. Is it ok then for the station to use the younger reporter in key time slots?

  5. Suppose a younger female reporter gets higher ratings than an older, more experienced reporter. Is it ok then for the station to use the younger reporter in key time slots?

    That’s fine, as far as I’m concerned — it’s their station and they’re free to offer her the contract they want to offer her. She doesn’t have a right to demand a lifetime contract from them, so if she’s not drawing ratings, they have no choice but to bring on someone who is.

    The problem for Graziano, and the reason why he’ll spend some time explaining himself in a deposition or in court, is with regard to Sindland’s complaints about “Big Boob Fridays,” etc.

    Sindland’s complaints, if found to be true, kind of put this incident in perspective, don’t they?

    http://www.broadcastingcable.com/blog/Station_to_Station/12600-WTIC_GM_Involved_in_Co_Worker_s_Double_DUI.php#comments

  6. TheRealNixon

    That’s fine, as far as I’m concerned — it’s their station and they’re free to offer her the contract they want to offer her. She doesn’t have a right to demand a lifetime contract from them, so if she’s not drawing ratings, they have no choice but to bring on someone who is.

    Wrong. It’s not their station….It’s the people’s airwaves and so long as we have anti-descrimination laws I hope they get their act together. Shelly Sindland should be lauded for taking the actions that she is going forth with.

  7. Wrong. It’s not their station….It’s the people’s airwaves and so long as we have anti-descrimination laws I hope they get their act together. Shelly Sindland should be lauded for taking the actions that she is going forth with.

    No. Wrong. You can’t tell WTIC what salary it has to pay Sindland. Who do you think you are, Barack Obama talking to GM?

  8. She probably got demoted for trying to do some reporting.

  9. Wrong. It’s not their station….It’s the people’s airwaves and so long as we have anti-descrimination laws I hope they get their act together. Shelly Sindland should be lauded for taking the actions that she is going forth with.

    Your first sentence seems to imply that the station owners shouldn’t have any say on the content.

    Shouldn’t the stations have the right to choose programming or news anchors that maximize ratings (well, maximize ratings of the groups that advertisers want to pay for). If you have a reporter who doesn’t draw viewers, doesn’t the station have the right to replace that reporter with someone who will draw ratings?

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