In a report issued October 29, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found evidence of sexual discrimination against female technicians by CBS Inc. in its television stations. Female technicians are “subjected to disparate treatment in salary, amount of overtime, promotion opportunities and training,” according to Spencer H. Lewis, director of the EEOC’s New York district office.
CBS spokesperson Dana McClintock responded that “As a company, CBS is, and has been, committed to creating a workplace that fosters fair employment practices.” McClintock also asserted that CBS looked forward “to resolving [this issue] as soon as possible.”
This EEOC ruling was a response to a complaint filed by Linda Karpell, a former camerawoman for CBS in New York, who charged that she was sexually harassed, denied opportunity for the best assignments, and subsequently fired upon protesting.
Karpell and 165 other female technicians from CBS stations have filed a group sex discrimination lawsuit against CBS, which is scheduled to go to trial in U.S. district court in Minneapolis in May.