Intern Sues NPR For Misrepresenting Terms Of Employment, Failure To Accommodate Deafness
August 5, 2014 at 4:37 AM (PT)
A deaf student at GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY is the latest former intern to sue a broadcaster over terms of the internship, reports CURRENT.ORG. CATHERINE NUGENT has sued NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO for misrepresenting what she would be doing at the network and for failure to accommodate her hearing impairment.
NUGENT's suit, filed in D.C. Superior Court in MARCH, alleges that she thought she would be learning marketing, but that she was assigned to teaching sign language, for which she is not certified; she also alleges that NPR failed to give her interpreters or software and fired her in two weeks after she repeatedly asked for the help.
She also alleges that she was hired primarily to be used in promoting the network's "Breaking the Sound Barrier" programming project involving captioning radio programming for the deaf. NPR has denied the allegations.