Greater Media Wins Stay, Arbitration In Lynne Woodison Case
June 22, 2010 at 7:12 AM (PT)
A federal judge in MICHIGAN has granted GREATER MEDIA's motion to stay the proceedings in former Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT morning co-host LYNNE WOODISON's sex discrimination case against the company and compel arbitration.
WOODISON had acknowledged that her contract compelled arbitration to settle disputes, but claimed that since the contract expired on FEBRUARY 29th, 2008 and she continued to work for the station, the contract and its arbitration provision would not apply. GREATER MEDIA noted that while it cannot produce a written renewal of the agreement, it continued to employ WOODISON with a pay increase as if the option was exercised for another year, and the memo terminating her employment referred to her agreement and the company paid her for the full one-year renewal term.
U.S. District Judge PAUL D, BORMAN held that the arbitration clause survived any claimed expiration of the contract, and accepted GREATER MEDIA's argument that the contract was renewed.