Cumulus Files Answer To Former KFOG/San Francisco AE's Discrimination Suit
February 23, 2016 at 4:20 AM (PT)
CUMULUS MEDIA has filed its answer to a discrimination lawsuit filed against it in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of CALIFORNIA by former Triple A KFOG/SAN FRANCISCO AE ANTHONY TUCKER. In the answer, filed last week, the company repeatedly denies that it was TUCKER's employer, saying that it was merely the parent company of the entities that employed him, and employs the general defense to all of TUCKER's claims that it "lacks sufficient information or belief to respond" to the allegations and thus denies them.
CUMULUS does admit the contents of various e-mails and that TUCKER was put on a 30-day performance improvement plan and was investigated regarding his employment, but otherwise uses the insufficient-information defense.
TUCKER's suit alleges that he had been promised an account list with the potential for $195,000 in annual earnings, but instead the station gave him a list of $12,000 in currently-billing account, and after he brought in $125,000 in new business anyway, GSM OMARI PATTERSON was let go and VP/FM Sales JAYSON RENO took over as his boss. TUCKER alleges that RENO and Market Manager STEVE SKLENAR promised that more current-billing accounts would be assigned to him but were not, and when he complained in an e-mail, he began to get retaliatory poor performance reviews.
A complaint to HR, TUCKER said in his suit, led to being assigned no new accounts and having some taken from him and given to younger AEs. He was fired on SEPTEMBER 26th, 2014 and says he was not paid his pending commissions in full. The suit alleged age, race and gender discrimination, promissory fraud, retaliation, breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, labor code violations, and wrongful termination, and named CUMULUS and 10 John Does as defendants.