Former WPIX News Director Loses Age Bias Lawsuit

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By Andrew Gauthier Comment

Former WPIX news director Karen Scott, who was fired in 2009 at the age of 60, lost her age discrimination lawsuit against the Tribune-owned station as a Manhattan federal jury ruled against her on Wednesday.

WPIX has contended that Scott was fired because of declining ratings.

In 2010, Scott filed a $4.5 million lawsuit against WPIX, claiming that the station fired or reduced the roles of older staffers, including reporter Marvin Scott and anchor Kaity Tong.

Tong, 65, who currently works as a weekend anchor at the station, took the stand in the case, telling the jury that she was “blindsided” when WPIX “dramatically” cut her salary in 2009.

Scott’s lead lawyer said that a decision hasn’t been made about whether to appeal.