Former Host Sues WCSX
November 18, 2009 at 8:26 AM (PT)
Former GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT morning "JJ AND LYNNE" co-host LYNNE WOODISON LYMAN is suing the company for gender and age discrimination and for failing to stop sexual harassment and retaliating against her when she complained about her co-host's behavior.
The DETROIT NEWS reports that LYMAN, who worked at the station since 1997 and co-hosted mornings with JIM JOHNSON from 2000 through 2008, complains in her suit that she endured "a discriminatory and unlawful work environment where women were described as sex objects and derided on a daily basis," including JOHNSON allegedly showing her nude pictures on a daily basis and used "derogatory terms and sexual references while they were broadcasting on the air."
LYMAN also alleges that station managers called her a "bitch" for complaining about the harassment and retaliated against her for complaining that she was paid less than JOHNSON despite better performance evaluations.
Johnson's Response: "Shocked And Saddened"
Late WEDNESDAY, JOHNSON issued a statement reading, "I am both shocked and saddened by the completely false allegations made by my friend of more than 30 years. They are not only untrue but hurtful to me, my family and my friends.
"LYNNE and I enjoyed a successful career together for many years and had a great relationship both professionally and personally. For the past year, since we left WCSX, we have worked closely on developing a new home for the JJ & LYNNE show that included a weeklong stint together co-hosting the DICK PURTAN show. As late as last week, at her invitation, we shared a drink together to commemorate the one-year anniversary of our departure from WCSX. My behavior was never in question.
"To say I was blindsided by the accusations regarding my alleged past conduct contained in her lawsuit against our former employers, would be an understatement. For her to have chosen to end our relationship by assaulting my character, in such a public way, is inexplicable."