A longtime reporter for Fox News is now suing the network for age discrimination.
According to The Wrap, Fox Sports 1 reporter Colleen Dominguez has filed a lawsuit against the network after she “learned from other employees that management was concerned with how she ‘looked’ on camera,”
The lawsuit was filed at District Court for the Central District of California against FS1 Los Angeles, and it claims the network hired the 54 year-old Dominguez on March 1, 2014, describing her as a “key personality” in the agreement and expecting her to play a major role in their coverage.
Dominguez, who previously worked for NBC and ESPN, covered the 2014 NBA playoffs for Fox Sports but was then pushed aside in favor of either younger female reporters or older male ones, according to her lawsuit.
“Dominguez learned from other employees that management was concerned with how she ‘looked’ on camera,” the documents state. “One longtime Fox producer sent Dominguez a text message stating ‘you haven’t done anything wrong at all. Just because 5 men at a company want to be gratified by 24 year old women doesn’t make you bad at your job.’ Dominguez was also told by a supervisor that “we [Fox] don’t handle veteran female reporters very well.’”
The veteran reporter claims she emailed Fox Sports president Eric Shanks in January 2015 asking for more assignments, and though he said he’d look into it, she never heard back from him.
“Fox employs younger female reporters who are less experienced than Dominguez and who are given assignments instead of Dominguez,” the lawsuit continued, referring specifically to reporter Holly Sonders, who is “substantially younger,” than Dominguez. Despite this, “Fox assigned Sonders to cover the 2015 NFL season.”
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