Former Sales Manager Sues Regional Radio Group For Discrimination And Retaliation
April 2, 2015 at 4:01 AM (PT)
Former REGIONAL RADIO GROUP, LLC/QUEENSBURY-GLENS FALLS, NY Sales Manager and Assistant GM COLLEEN BAILEY has sued the company, owner/Pres./GM CLAY ASHWORTH, and a co-owner referred to as "DEX 'DOE'" in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of NEW YORK, alleging that she has been "a victim of discrimination and retaliation" over her weight and fashion choices which led to her resignation.
In the suit, BAILEY, asserting violation of Title VII of NEW YORK State Human Rights laws and the Family Medical Leave Act, said that ASHWORTH "made clear to her that there was a '120-Limit here'" applied only to women, and made it clear he did not want to work with overweight women, a "rule" he allegedly often repeated. She added that he "would often dictate the dress of employees," letting "younger and pretty" employees wear shorts, jeans, and short skirts but telling "older or 'heavier' women" that "some bodies just look better in jeans."
BAILEY also alleged that ASHWORTH would "yell, scream, and belittle" her before co-workers and would "call her names and tell her she was lazy and a cheat," and told her boyfriend, attorney TUCKER STANFIELD, to "stay away from COLLEEN." And she alleged that ASHWORTH denied her an afternoon off to see her boyfriend's gravely ill father despite "plenty of notice," adding that he said she "owner her from 8-5" and denied her lunch breaks and overtime/weekend pay. She resigned on SEPTEMBER 15th, 2013.
The suit also notes that the company's Human Relations specialist happened to be ASHWORTH's wife, "Thus Ms. BAILEY had no one and nowhere to turn when she was being abused."