The workplace environment lawsuit filed against KOLO-TV by former morning anchor Danita Cohen will be decided by trial, a federal judge has ordered.
Although Judge Larry Hicks of Reno threw out discrimination claims based on Cohen’s Jewish faith and claims of a hostile work environment, a civil jury will decide issues of retaliation, breach of contract and breach of a good-faith agreement. The trial is expected to begin sometime next year, in a contentious newsroom-based suit that has dragged on for 15 months.
On Wednesday, lawyers for Gray Television Group, the parent company of KOLO-TV, filed a motion to dismiss the case. Already, Gray Television’s request for a summary judgement to drop the case has been denied by Hicks.
“We still believe that she does not have a case, and that is why we filed our motion,” said Gray Television lawyer Robert Buckler of Atlanta. More…