CBS Broadcast Affiliate in Texas to Pay $215,000 to Settle EEOC Age Suit for Female Reporter
CBS Stations Group of Texas is a division of New York-based CBS Corporation.
The EEOC charged that CBS violated federal law when it refused to hire Tammy Dombeck Campbell for a full-time traffic reporter position at the Dallas/Fort Worth station because of her age. The EEOC said that Campbell had worked for CBS 11 as a freelance, non-staff traffic reporter.
The CBS job announcement stated that “the ideal candidate” would have a strong knowledge of local traffic in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and that the “applicant must have at least five years professional broadcasting experience.” The EEOC said that CBS 11 hired a 24-year-old applicant for the full-time traffic reporter position. The younger applicant was a former NFL cheerleader, and the EEOC maintained that the she did not meet the hiring criteria CBS had advertised. CBS 11 also had made an offer to a 27-year old applicant who accepted and then withdrew from the hiring process.
Such alleged conduct violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which prohibits discrimination against people age 40 or older. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. CBS Stations Group of Texas; Television Station KTXA and KTVT-TV, Civil Action No. 3:17-cv-02624) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, after first attempting to reach a voluntary pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
Under the consent decree CBS Stations Group of Texas will pay $215,000 to Ms. Campbell. The company will provide training on the ADEA, publish a notice of employee rights, and report to the EEOC on its compliance with the requirements of consent decree
Notes on Age Discrimination
Employer Coverage – 20 or more employees
- Non Federal employees – 180 days to file a charge (may be extended by state laws)
- Federal employees have 45 days to contact an EEO counselor.
Note that section 1625.7 has been superseded by Final Rule: Disparate Impact and Reasonable Factors Other Than Age Under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (RFOA)