7:08pm PT by Matthew Belloni
Former Telemundo Reporter Sues Claiming Age Discrimination
A former Telemundo reporter/anchor has sued the Spanish-language broadcaster and its parent company NBC Universal for age discrimination, claiming she was booted off the air in Los Angeles when she turned 50.
Vicky Gutierrez, who worked for LA-area station KVEA from 2003 until March, claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court that she was let go after she complained about workplace harassment and was replaced by a much younger woman.
Read the lawsuit here.
"Defendants claim to have 'laid off' Ms. Gutierrez, age 50, but they actually terminated her, without cause and in breach of the employment contract between the parties, and promptly replaced her with a substantially younger woman to 'look' younger and 'better' to attract better ratings and at a lower cost to the employer," the complaint alleges.
We've reached out to NBC Universal for comment.
The lawsuit, filed by attorney Patricio T.D. Barrera, alleges causes of action for wrongful termination, retaliation and age discrimination.