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EEOC Rules in Favor of TV Anchorman in Discrimination Complaint

October 7, 1993

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in favor of a television anchorwoman who complained that her CBS-operated station yanked her off the late-night news because of her age.

Diane Allen, 45, was replaced last year on WCAU’s 11 p.m. news by a reporter-anchorwoman who is 13 years younger.

The EEOC found probable cause that Allen was discriminated against because of her age. The agency also said she was later discriminated against based on her gender when she applied for the anchor spot of a man on the same newscast and the job went to another man, station officials said Wednesday.

Allen said she couldn’t comment because she hadn’t seen the ruling.

WCAU’s general manager, Gene Lothery, disputed the ruling.

″WCAU-TV does not condone discrimination of any sort and has not discriminated against Ms. Allen in any fashion,″ he said in a statement.

The ruling is non-binding, but Allen had to file a complaint with the commission before she can file a federal lawsuit. Her plans for a lawsuit weren’t known.

Allen has been working for the Philadelphia station as a general assignment reporter and is anchorwoman at 5 p.m.

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