Clear Channel/New Orleans Hit With Discrimination Charges
Black AEs Claim Less Pay, Fewer Sales Leads
January 6, 2011 at 10:52 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO/NEW ORLEANS is being targeted by seven black account executives, who have filed charges of discrimination with the EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION. WDSU.COM reports that the group asserts that station management paid them less and gave them fewer sales leads than their white counterparts.
Attorney DALE E. WILLIAMS, representing the employees, asserts that CLEAR CHANNEL paid "lower commissions for advertising sales tied to local stations that reach a predominantly black audience. [and] that white account executives were given leads on preferred advertisers, hampering the earning potential of black salesmen and saleswomen."
CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS Chief Communications Officer LISA DOLLINGER sent WDSU a statement that read: "CLEAR CHANNEL does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. These charges are totally baseless and without merit."