“We reject these claims of retaliation,” Mitch wrote. “We are committed to fostering a fair, inclusive and respectful work environment at NY1 and take allegations of discrimination seriously. All five plaintiffs remain actively employed and appear regularly on-air.”
"There are managers among the top ranks who refuse to acknowledge us.”
"They shun us in the newsroom and will only address us if necessary in front of the TV camera as part of a news report."
Lee was once a star on the network. But in January 2019, the network canceled her weekly show, “Spotlight,” according to the original lawsuit. After the last episode of “Spotlight” aired, Lee was assigned to shoot her own stories on the 9am general assignment shift. In recent months, Lee felt relegated to work usually given to newer reporters, while her less-seasoned colleagues were given weekday anchor slots at the news station, she said.
“I couldn't tolerate it anymore,” a former NY1 producer said. “That's largely why I chose to leave.”