New York City radio personality Shaila Scott, who was fired by R&B station WBLS in May after nearly three decades of broadcasting, is now suing her former employer over discrimination and retaliation. .
In a complaint filed Friday in Manhattan federal court, attorneys for Scott (real name Amilee Cattouse) accused the owner of MediaCo Holding Inc. and Emmis Communications Corp. discriminated against longtime presenters, who were known as “Radio royalties”, on the basis of both age and gender.
Among other things, they say that managers at WBLS – a popular New York urban adult contemporary radio station – have “mocked” her for her age, saying she not get to play “old blacks” on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and did not create a “too old” concert lineup.
“Despite her prominent ranking, on or about May 9, 2022, MediaCo fired Cattouse, claiming it was moving in a ‘new direction,’ Scott’s attorneys wrote. replace Cattouse with an air character in her thirties.”
The lawsuit claims that Scott was also paid significantly less than her male colleagues for similar broadcast roles at Hot97, a popular sister station also owned by MediaCo, although she It has “higher ratings and the ability to generate revenue.”
Technically, Scott said her dismissal means both discrimination and retaliation under federal and state labor laws. The lawsuit did not seek a specific damage figure.
“I was shocked and saddened when WBLS decided that when I turned 59, it was time to get rid of me,” Scott said in a statement released by her law firm. “I hope my decision to speak out will shed light on the fact that women are still paid less than men for the same work and at a certain age they are no longer valued.”
A WBLS spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
Read Scott’s full complaint here:
https://www.billboard.com/pro/shaila-scott-lawsuit-wbls-firing-discrimination/ NYC radio host Shaila Scott Sues Ex-Station for Discrimination – Billboard