Former WZZM Reporter Sues for Gender Discrimination Related to Covid-19

By Kevin Eck 

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Former WZZM reporter Shanna Grove is suing her former station for gender discrimination.

Grove says she was fired from the Grand Rapids, Mich. ABC affiliate after complaining that male co-workers were not following Covid-19 protocols. She says she was the only reporter who couldn’t work remotely and also says she was called “entitled” after complaining that symptomatic co-workers were coming to work.

According to mlive, the lawsuit was recently filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids against WZZM, Tegna Inc., and licensee Combined Communications of Oklahoma Inc.

“WZZM denies these claims,” a Tegna spokesperson told TVSpy. “Our policies strictly prohibit retaliation in any form as a result of coming forward with concerns. We are committed to maintaining a respectful workplace free from all forms of discrimination.”

Grove announced her departure from the station in March. “In short, I experienced a personal loss in February that has been extraordinarily difficult to process,” she wrote on Facebook. “The natural demands of handling that loss temporarily pulled me away from my work. Unfortunately as a result, the station and I have parted ways.”