Malkan/Corpus Christi Loses Discrimination Lawsuit
November 13, 2014 at 8:04 AM (PT)
MALKAN INTERACTIVE/CORPUS CHRISTI has lost in court, when a jury ruled the "company's selective enforcement of its noncompetition agreement was malice and discriminatory against two former Hispanic employees," reports THE CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER TIMES, which writes, MALKAN "was sentenced WEDNESDAY to compensate for back pay and other fees to two of its former disc jockeys," according to court documents.
MALKAN operates Rhythmic AC KKBA (KBAY), Top 40/R KZFM and Sports KEYS-A.
The two defendents, EDMUNDO "ED" OCAÑAS and NICHOLAS "NICK" RUSSO sued over a non-compete clause in their contracts. The report notes, "OCAÑAS and RUSSO were fired in 2010 and because of the agreement could not seek employment in the city. A two-year U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation found OCAÑAS and RUSSO were discriminated against by MALKAN, citing non-Hispanics who were under the same agreement and fired were hired in CORPUS CHRISTI."
OCANAS told ALL ACCESS, "I am glad this is over, it's been a tough 4 years. Workwise I moved on a long time ago, but the legal battle took a bit longer."
RUSSO added, "I'm glad I can finally put this chapter of my life to rest. The entire experience while difficult, taught me more than I could have ever imagined."
ED and NICK's Attorney DOUGLAS ALLISON commented to ALL ACCESS, "It's important for all employers to appreciate the importance of not discriminating in the workplace. The jury found MALKAN INTERACTIVE guilty of discrimination, and that they discriminated with malice. It is important that employers understand that employees have rights."
ED OCANAS currently is PD for RODRIGUEZ BROADCASTING Urban KNDA (102.9 DA BOMB)/CORPUS CHRISTI & REYNA BROADCASTING Country KBSO (MY 94.7)/CORPUS CHRISTI. NICK RUSSO is an air personality for CBS RADIO Country KILT (THE BULL 100.3)/HOUSTON.