Former WKIS/Miami GSM Carole Bowen Sues CBS For Age Discrimination
April 7, 2016 at 6:47 AM (PT)
CBS RADIO has been hit with an age discrimination case in MIAMI, as former Country WKIS/MIAMI GSM (MARGARET) CAROLE BOWEN has filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of FLORIDA alleging that she was fired last AUGUST 24th (NET NEWS 8/25/15) due to her age (59 years old).
BOWEN alleges in the suit that after CBS acquired the station in a swap with BEASLEY in 2014 and terminated her employment despite her performance and qualification for the position in a "restructuring." The suit notes that BOWEN was the most senior employee and oldest female at the company and had not been previously disciplined or counseled over her work performance. She also alleges that Market Manager JOE BELL told her that the move to CBS was "going to be great for the younger employees like KERIANN WORLEY [age 43], Director of Sales, and ANDY KING [who is in his twenties].” BOWEN saw her salary reduced and bonus opportunities lessened in a "take it or leave it" move, the suit alleges.
BOWEN was replaced by WORLEY, a younger GSM in the cluster. Top 40 WPOW (POWER 96) GSM FRANCISCO LUCIANO (49), on the job for less than a year, kept his job. Also keeping his job was 42-year-old Sports WQAM-A GSM DAVID WOLFMAN.
The suit also notes that other older managers have been fired by BEASLEY, including 61-year-old GSM JOHN JARAS and 57-year-old KATHLEEN BRICKETTO, both replaced by "significantly younger" managers.