In what may be a rare case of a man claiming discrimination based on his age and gender, a veteran California weatherman is suing CBS Corporation and Los Angeles television affiliates KCAL and KCBS for age and gender discrimination, saying the network only wants to hire sexy young women to give the weather reports.
In a suit filed recently, 20 year veteran meteorologist Kyle Hunter, who has a bachelor’s degree in geosciences and broadcast meteorology as well being certified by the American Meteorological Society, is claiming he was passed over for meteorologist jobs
at KCBS and KCAL because he was over 40 and a man.
Hunter, who has recently been a weatherman on San Diego TV, alleges that in 2010 he was in the running to replace longtime KCBS weatherman Johnny Mountain, but instead the station hired a younger woman, Jackie Johnson, even though Hunter was more qualified and experienced. He also applied for Johnson’s old job at KCAL, where he claims he was passed over for a younger woman whose age and gender he claims were key considerations in the hiring decision.
Hunter says he received an email from KCAL management saying there “was not an opening” before the station hired Evelyn Taft, who had been a weather reporter in Florida but was not certified by the American Meteorological Society, according to the suit.
The lawsuit alleges that the stations hired young, attractive women to induce more men to watch their prime time newscasts. Hunter is being represented by famous attorney Gloria Allred. 03.19.2012