A Texas CBS Corp. division will pay a $ 215,000 settlement to a freelance traffic reporter who was rejected for a staff position in favor of a much younger applicant, a former NFL cheerleader, in an age discrimination case filed by US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The EEOC said Tammy Dombeck Campbell, who had worked for CBS 11 in the Dallas / Fort Worth area as a freelance non-staff traffic reporter, applied for the position when the station's morning full-time traffic reporter resigned in October 2014.
Although CBS 11: s announcement states that the ideal candidate would have at least five years of professional broadcasting experience, hiring a 24-year-old former NFL cheerleader for the job. Campbell was 42 at the time, according to the EEOC's complaint in the case.
The station was accused of violating the Employment Age Discrimination Act of 1
Under the settlement, CBS Stations Group of Texas will pay $ 215,000 to Ms Campbell and undertake not to engage in age discrimination, among others. other provisions.
Joel Clark, EEOC's Chief Attorney at the EEOC District Office in Dallas, said in a statement, “Tammy Campbell was clearly qualified for the position of traffic reporter. The EEOC argued before the court that CBS 11 preferred a younger, less qualified applicant, and that the employer issued unfounded stereotypes about female reporters. "
CBS did not respond to a request for comment.