Report: Former NSM Suing Clear Channel
April 6, 2007 at 2:03 PM (PT)
The AUSTIN CHRONICLE reports that former CLEAR CHANNEL/AUSTIN NSM and current BORDER MEDIA PARTNERS Regional Sales Manager HEATHER LONSDALE has filed suit against CLEAR CHANNEL, alleging she was fired for becoming pregnant. LONSDALE joined the CC cluster in 1998 and was upped to NSM in 2002, but she claims in her suit that when she revealed she was pregnant with her second child in spring 2006, the cluster's then-Director/Sales, LISE HUDSON, suggested it would be "too difficult to keep working as national sales manager with two children" and recommended LONSDALE take a local sales position so that she'd have "more freedom."
LONSDALE declined the offer but alleges that HUDSON "refused to accept the response." LONSDALE further claims that she then started to receive trumped-up allegations against her job performance and that, two months before before she was due to take maternity leave, market manager PAM MCKAY told her the NSM position had been eliminated. In her suit, LONSDALE claims she was "illegally" removed from her job under "the false assumption that she would be unable to perform her job duties after bearing her second child."
LONSDALE's attorney did not return the CHRONICLE's phone calls, while MCKAY and CC attorney BRIAN ZIMMERMAN declined to comment to the paper. HUDSON is said to have left the cluster this week. In a court filing, CLEAR CHANNEL denied all the charges and said its actions were "based solely on legitimate, non-discriminatory business reasons."
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