Pacifica's KPFA Settles Sex Discrimination Suit
August 10, 2007 at 3:11 PM (PT)
PACIFICA noncommercial KPFA/BERKELEY-SAN FRANCISCO settled a sex discrimination case brought by former station staffer and elected local advisory board member NOELLE HANRAHAN.
The SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE reports that the station gave HANRAHAN $125,000 plus $133,000 in legal fees, denying HANRAHAN's charges but saying it was cheaper to settle than to take the case to trial. HANRAHAN had charged that the station had mistreated her and other female employees, and that she was berated and excluded from planning sessions by co-host DENNIS BERNSTEIN when she worked as a producer and co-host on the show "FLASHPOINTS," and that then-acting GM JIM BENNETT warned her against filing a grievance. She alleged that she was fired after BERNSTEIN made on-air comments, saying she was making false accusations against him.
BERNSTEIN and the station denied any discrimination, and General Counsel DAN SIEGEL told the paper that HANRAHAN had tried to make unrelated personal disputes into an "unfounded idological indictment."