Salesperson Sues Clear Channel New Orleans For Retaliation Over Aiding Discrimination Suit
April 21, 2014 at 3:59 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING, INC. is being sued again for employment practices at its NEW ORLEANS cluster, this time by MICHELLE KILLIAN, an account executive who claims that she was retaliated against for helping former co-worker PRIXIE MONTGOMERY's discrimination case against the company.
She filed a notice with the EEOC and received a Right to Sue letter on APRIL 4th, promptly filing the suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of LOUISIANA. MONTGOMERY's suit was followed by a similar suit by WIL WATSON, GARY WATSON, AVE GAINES, DARNETTA MAHAFFY-NELSON, DINAH CAMPBELL and BRANDIN CAMPBELL, and two other suits by LELA LOGAN and AVE GAINES were settled.
KILLIAN wrote letters and gave a deposition supporting MONTGOMERY in her case, and alleges that she and other parties to the lawsuit were victims of the management "for the most part... devising specific ways to build a case for termination based on setting unattainable sales requirements and then documenting their expected failure through the sales review process."
In her case, she says she was no longer being given leads who would spend over $3,500 per month and was branded "tardy" despite other account executives being allowed to come and go as they please, and is now being threatened with firing.
She alleges that market manager DICK LEWIS "formulated and encouraged" the plan, aided by sales manager ROB HASSON and DOS JOSHUA MEDNICK, and also encouraged "and to some extent organized" at the regional level. She also claims that the company "fostered and permitted an even more hostile, belligerent and racially charged atmosphere to exist" at the cluster after MONTGOMERY filed suit, with African-American and white employees eating lunch separately; she says she "conspicuously continued her habit of socially interacting at work with the African-American account executives who had brought charges" and was criticized by white workers and branded "a troublemaker who needed to be removed."