Former WNIR Host Settles Harassment Suit Against Station
January 5, 2015 at 11:13 AM (PT)
Former MEDIA-COM News-Talk WNIR/AKRON morning co-host MAGGIE FULLER has settled her sexual harassment lawsuit against the station and owners BILL KLAUS and BOB KLAUS, OHIO.COM reports. FULLER, under her real name NANCY JONES, alleged that the station failed to discipline host JOHN "COUCHBURNER" DENNING, who allegedly called her a "crude anatomical reference" (the "C-word") in conversations with fans at a public event at a restaurant on AUGUST 29th, 2013 (NET NEWS, 9/18).
The case, filed one year after she left the station, accused the owners of "abetting unlawful discriminatory practices, causing FULLER to lose $38,000 a year in income plus benefits, as well as suffer mental anguish, humiliation and loss of reputation ... At the time, she asked to be reinstated at the station and compensated for lost wages, or if not reinstated, given lost income as well as 'future wages and benefits.' The suit also sought $50,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
She asserted that DENNING repeatedly "treated her with hostility and disrespect on-air," and called her the C-word during a party thrown for the radio station’s fans. On SEPT. 12th, FULLER asked that owners have DENNING sign a letter saying he would not speak about her that way in public again. According to the lawsuit, DENNING denied the incident occurred and the KLAUSES said they would not be interviewing witnesses, nor take any action.
FULLER did not return to work, considering herself “constructively discharged” because of the “ongoing hostile environment.”