Former Univision Pres./Nat'l Sales Files Discrimination Lawsuit
August 8, 2012 at 5:55 AM (PT)
Former UNIVISION Pres./National Radio Sales LAURA HAGAN has filed a federal employment discrimination suit against UNIVISION, and names the now-deceased KATZ MEDIA CEO STU OLDS for creating "a hostile and discriminatory work environment." OLDS died of leukemia in DECEMBER 2010 (NET NEWS 12/4/2010).
THE HUFFINGTON POST reports, "HAGAN, 66, a native of ECUADOR, claims that when fired in 2008, she was the only employee of Hispanic descent working in the executive ranks of UNIVISION RADIO's national sales team. HAGAN worked for UNIVISION from 1987 to 1991 and rejoined the company in 1994 where she remained until OLDS fired her in OCTOBER 2008, according to the suit."
The suit claims OLDS ridiculed her accent, complained about her age and compensated her less that other senior-level executives.
The report notes, "In JULY 2008, OLDS allegedly told HAGAN that managers had discussed firing HAGAN at a series of meetings due to her age and accent. On OCTOBER 8th of that year, OLDS allegedly asked for HAGAN's resignation and fired her five days later. However, OLDS told other employees that HAGAN had retired, the suit says."