Second Discrimination Suit Filed Against WABC News Director

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

Another WABC employee has filed a discrimination complaint again the station’s news director, Camille Edwards.

The NYPost reports Laura Behnke, ABC 7’s weekend sports anchor and reporter, has filed a complaint with the New York Station Division of Human Resources for gender and race discrimination.

The complaint surrounds the replacement for the station’s former main sports anchor, Rob Powers, who left the station in July 2016.


The Post reports:

Behnke began temporarily filling in as the main sports anchor on Aug. 3, 2016. Behnke’s agent, Peter Goldberg, told her Edwards had told him Behnke was “doing a good job” and the decision would “be made soon.”

Behnke sent Edwards ideas on how to improve the WABC sports department in August, per Edwards’ request, but she never responded. She followed up with more ideas in September, but Edwards remained silent. On Oct. 6, 2016, general manager Dave Davis informed Behnke the job was going to a man outside the company named Ryan Field, despite promises WABC would promote from within.

Behnke told Davis and Edwards, “The logical explanation is that you did not choose me because I am a woman.”

Behnke claims she’s been singled out on a number of occasions based on her gender and race.

The post reports human resources have not conducted an investigation into Behnke’s complaints.

“Ms. Behnke was going to be New York City’s first female main sports anchor. Unfortunately, as a white woman, she was discriminated against on account of race, color and gender,” Behnke’s attorney, David Rosenberg, told the Post in a statement.