ST. LOUIS: Conners files discrimination complaint against KMOV

Filed EEOC complaint against KMOV
after being fired for Facebook comments
UPDATE, 12:05 p.m. FRIDAY:  In a conversation with Riverfront Times Thursday afternoon, KMOV GM Mark Pimentel said that the station denies Conners' claims. "We disagree strongly with all of his allegations," Pimentel told RFT.

When it came to the arbitration over Conners' salary, Pimentel added that it was handled by a neutral party. "The arbitration process was confidential and private and we honored that," Pimentel says. "But in light of Mr. Conners' election not to, we believe it's appropriate to point out that after a full two days of arbitration, the arbiter found no merit whatsoever to Larry's claims and ruled in favor of KMOV on all counts."

The saga continues ...

PREVIOUSLY: Former KMOV anchor Larry Conners, who was fired last week over comments he made on his station Facebook page, has filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), KMOX Radio reports this afternoon.

In the two-page complaint, Conners alleges that from 2010 to 2012, he had complained to and arbitrated with KMOV management (the station is owned by Dallas-based Belo Corp.) over the "disparity in pay" between himself and his former co-anchor, Vicki Newton, because of his race and gender.  (Conners is white; Newton is African-American.)  Following the settlement of that dispute, Conners says KMOV management treated him differently, demoting him following a medical leave of absence.

Conners also accuses station management — in particular station GM Mark Pimentel and news director Sean McLaughlin — of having "severely scrutinized" his Facebook comments that led to his recent firing.  The former anchor believes this is a case of age discrimination.

As of press time, there has been no comment from KMOV or its parent company.

Stay tuned ...


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