A California weather man has filed a discrimination lawsuit against CBS, according to sources. Kyle Hunter alleges he was passed over for jobs at KCBS and KCAL in California because of his age and gender. The network hired Jackie Johnson, a younger female, whom Hunter alleges is far less qualified.
Hunter has worked as a meteorologist in California for 23 years. According to Hunter’s lawsuit, “within the past few years, KCAL and KCBS decided to hire young attractive women as weathercasters in prime time rather than men in order to induce more men to watch their prime time newscasts.” In California it is illegal to discriminate against employees or applicants based on sex or age.
KCBS hired Johnson instead of Hunter in 2010. Hunter then applied for Johnson’s old job at KCAL where he was again passed over. KCAL hired Evelyn Taft, a young weather reporter from Florida who was not certified by the American Meteorological Society, according to the lawsuit.
It certainly seems that Hunter has a case here. He is right to file the suit and take a stand against discrimination.
“It is important because although most victims of age discrimination are female, men such as Kyle Hunter can be victims and they are also protected from sex and age discrimination under the law,” said Gloria Allred, Hunter’s attorney.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—California employment attorneys