Ms. Torre is a well-known face to NY1 viewers, however she stated her on-air presence had been steadily eroded since Charter took over. Once entrusted with three hours of solo anchoring time on weekdays, Ms. Torre says she now has one hour; a few of her co-anchoring time was reduce, too. And her theater opinions not seem on the weekly Broadway roundup, “On Stage,” she added.
The lawsuit additionally consists of Ms. Torre’s frustration with NY1’s favorable therapy of Pat Kiernan, its star morning anchor.
Ms. Torre’s wage is “less than half that of Mr. Kiernan,” the go well with alleges. It additionally says that Ms. Torre was barred from utilizing the make-up artists offered for Mr. Kiernan’s present, and that when she requested to make use of his revamped studio, a supervisor informed her to “stop complaining.”
When Mr. Kiernan celebrated 20 years on the community, NY1 promoted the anniversary with an advert marketing campaign, on-air segments and promotional meals vehicles. “Ms. Torre, by contrast, with a longer tenure and celebrating 25 years on air with her own daily live show, received no special promotion whatsoever,” the go well with says.
When Ms. Torre acquired an area Emmy Award in May, the official NY1 Twitter account posted a photograph of her accepting the prize — with Mr. Kiernan featured within the foreground, snapping his personal image of Ms. Torre. The go well with calls the tweet a “blatant” instance of “NY1’s favoritism toward Mr. Kiernan at Ms. Torre’s expense.” (When a person on Twitter requested why the community “couldn’t let Roma have her moment,” Mr. Kiernan replied: “I’m so sorry you interpreted this like that. I was just trying to get the shot.”)
Ms. Torre and her fellow anchors are represented by Douglas Wigdor, a outstanding Manhattan employment lawyer who represented the lodge maid within the sexual assault case in opposition to the previous International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. He has sued main firms, together with Starbucks and Citigroup, and filed a number of discrimination fits in opposition to Fox News. (Mr. Wigdor’s agency additionally represents purchasers in a racial discrimination go well with in opposition to The New York Times.)
“Our five clients have clearly been told that their careers are over, as NY1 seems to believe that younger faces, when it comes to women, are a ‘better look’ for the bottom line,” Mr. Wigdor stated in an announcement.