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Sexism and Ageism at the Heart of Major Discrimination Lawsuit Against NY1

Five veteran air personalities at NY1 are taking their employer to court. The suit filed this week in Manhattan federal court alleges the women, who range in age from 40 to 61, saw their careers marginalized since Charter Communications took over in 2006.

  • Roma Torre is a charter member of NY1 since its debut in 1992. The suit claims she lost four hours per day to a younger woman or man.
  • Kristen Shaughnessy (left) is at the cable news channel for 25 years, anchoring since 1995 but taken off the main rotation of shows. Typical she’s a fill-in for perennial morning show Pat Kiernan, or anchoring on the weekends. That is usually in reverse–getting experience to start out as a back-up or on weekends, but not with years in the business, let alone at the same station.
  • Vivian Lee is with NY1 since 2008. The former WNBC reporter claims she was dropped from an anchor position this year.
  • Jeanine Ramirez is at the station for 23 years as a reporter. However, after complaining about discrimination, the suit alleges she was yanked from morning show fill-in duty.
  • Amanda Farinacci, the Staten Island reporter.

The civil suit claims the talent collectively has logged more than 100 years at NY1.

A spokesperson for Charter says in a statement, “NY1 is a respectful and fair workplace and we’re committed to providing a work environment in which all our employees are valued and empowered.”

Kiernan touched on the lawsuit during his In the Papers segment, although he declined to the specific bombshell allegations.

What the face of NY1 did tell viewers was: “I want to be even-handed with this, so I’m not going to summarize their allegations, nor am I going to summarize the company’s response. I wanted you to be aware of the story so you can have a look at it yourself.”

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WABC Meteorologist Bill Evans Returns to WABC Following Personal Dust-Up

EvansBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

With no fanfare, Bill Evans took his usual spot in the “Weather Center” for Eyewitness News This Morning. The WABC/Channel 7 senior meteorologist returned to the air for the first time since a double domestic dispute last month that led to the arrests of he and his wife.

Not surprisingly, the station made no comment to Tuned In. Furthermore, there was no “official” welcoming back of Evans during the broadcast. Anyone who failed to hear the tabloidy stories about a fight between Evans and his wife that allegedly included damage to Evans’ private parts, were not going to get a refresher this morning.

Longtime colleague N.J. Burkett took to Twitter and Facebook with this reaction.

“Great to see my pal, Bill Evans this morning!  (But you’ve got to fix the forecast, Bill–I’m off this week!!)”

Some questions may never be answered. Was this a situation where Evans’ popularity in the morning won out? Did WABC not want to upset the apple cart with its powerful ratings in the early morning news wars?

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Bill Evans Claims His Wife Scratched Groin During a Fight

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By JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Details are beginning to emerge in the alleged domestic abuse incident involving WABC weatherman Bill Evans and his wife, Dana.

Yesterday, the estranged couple appeared in Stamford Superior Court separately to give their sides of the ugliness that ensued May 4.

The WABC meteorologist claims his wife “grabbed the waist band of his underwear and reached for his scrotum with her free hand, subsequently scratching [the scrotum], which resulted in bleeding,” according to the affidavit by a Greenwich police officer.

Bill Evans also claimed that the Battle Royal started after she humiliated him in front of their children.

The court document states that “Dana then punched him with her right hand on the left side of his face while holding the keys and then slapped him.”

The affidavit says she attempted to “karate kick” her soon-to-be divorced husband. Bill said in the document that’s when the private parts scratching took place, and added that he pushed his wife away. But Dana returned with a wooden hanger that she hit him with across the rear and back.

Dana Evans‘ version, according to the court document, has major variations.

One difference, she reportedly claims that he shoved her and she tried to kick him away.

He grabbed her leg, forcing her to fall, she said. Then Dana alleges that he punched her in the right eye with a closed fist as she backed away. She insists she used the clothes hanger in self-defense.

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