The federal lawsuit filed before the Southern District of New York by Andrea Fair claimed that she was subjected to age and sex discrimination by her superiors before she was eventually terminated.
Fair started working at MTV as senior director in 2005 and was subsequently promoted as vice president of talent-artist relations. Later in 2009, she was appointed to be on the company’s Visionary Committee, focusing on MTV’s future.
Since she was assigned as part of the committee, she started to experience harsh working environment. Fair claimed that her immediate supervisor, Bruce Gillmer, treated her in an unfair manner by excluding her from meetings, accusing her of being too emotional, and allowing younger employees to attend special events like the music awards and video shoots. Moreover, Fair stated the she had been passed over for promotion by a younger employee named Allison Farber.
Fair believed that Gillmer favored Farber for some personal reasons. In several instances, Gillmer obviously gave Farber special treatment while their other co-workers were being punished.
Not long after, a silent war between Fair and Farber started to spark after the latter lodged a complaint in their company’s human resource department against Fair. According to Farber’s complaint, Fair was being inappropriately aggressive and controlling. Thereafter, Fair was soon fired from her job.
In her lawsuit, Fair further claimed that MTV failed to punish its male employees like Gillmer. She is also requesting that the network be directed to take proper steps to end such unlawful employment practices.
The said lawsuit seeking for unspecified amount of damages also named MTV’s parent company, Viacom, as co-defendant.
Under the federal law, both age and sexual discrimination in the workplace is prohibited. In fact, the Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act applies to all private employers, both state and local employers, labor organizations, employment agencies, and other joint employer-union apprenticeship program with 15 and more employees, said a Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyer.