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Judge Orders Sue Manteris to Resolve Lawsuit Against KSNV Through Arbitration

A judge has ordered former KSNV anchor Sue Manteris to handle her discrimination lawsuit against the station through private arbitration, according to Vegas Inc.

Attorneys for Manteris, who is suing the Las Vegas NBC-affiliate for racial, age and gender discrimination, said they wanted the case to be heard by a jury. KSNV maintains that Manteris’ contract, which was not renewed last year, stipulated employment disputes must be settled through arbitration, which is private to the publc.

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro sided with the station in an order handed down last week. Read more

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Former KSNV Anchor Sue Manteris Wants to Take Her Discrimination Lawsuit to a Jury

Attorneys for former KSNV anchor Sue Manteris are fighting efforts made by the station to settle her discrimination dispute through arbitration, saying they want the case to proceed and be heard by a jury.

Earlier this month, attorneys for KSNV filed a response to Manteris’s lawsuit — which claims that after 22 years with the station, her contract at the Las Vegas NBC affiliate was not renewed based on age, gender and racial discrimination. The response stated that Manteris’s employment contract stipulated any disputes had to be addressed through arbitration, which is private to the public.

Now, attorneys for Manteris have responded, according to Vegas Inc. They agree that her contract provides for arbitration, but say it only applies to claims that arise under state law. Manteris filed a federal lawsuit against KSNV.

“Despite affirmatively knowing that her claims are not contemplated in the arbitration provision, defendants first attempted to cajole Ms. Manteris into voluntarily relinquishing her rights and then, by the filing of the (arbitration) motion, they attempt to coerce Ms. Manteris into doing so,’’ Manteris’s attorneys, from the Flangas McMillan Law Group in Las Vegas, said in the filing.

KSNV Files First Response to Sue Manteris’s Discrimination Lawsuit

Attorneys representing KSNV, the Las Vegas station named in a discrimination lawsuit filed by former anchor Sue Manteris, asked a federal judge on Wednesday to require Manteris to settle her dispute with the station through arbitration.

KSNV’s lawyers at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. claim that Manteris signed eight contracts in her 22 years with the station — the last five of which stipulate that any employment disputes be settled through arbitration.

“Accordingly, the court should order this case to binding arbitration immediately and stay this matter pending the outcome of the case,” they wrote to U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro.

In their filing, station lawyers also claim that the first internal complaint Manteris filed was after she was informed that her contract, which is worth $190,000 annually, would not be renewed when it expired on June 10. KSNV attorneys did not say why they preferred the case to be arbitrated, but arbitration proceedings and case files are closed to the public.

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Sue Manteris Breaks Silence on Lawsuit

Sue Manteris is speaking out about the discrimination lawsuit she filed against KSNV.

Manteris, who had been with the NBC Las Vegas affiliate for 22 years before her final broadcast on Thursday, claims that KSNV’s decision not to renew her contract was based on racial, age, and gender discrimination. She called the lawsuit “a fight I could not run away from.”

“Cost-cutting measures cannot target all minority workers in a department, and women over 40 only; not in this millennium, not in this country,” Manteris said. “Unfortunately, some businesses still need to learn that.”

The lawsuit, which was filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, names Valley Broadcasting Co., the owner of KSNV. It also names news director Bob Stoldal, general manager Lisa Howfield, and KSNV attorney Douglas Roman Hill.

 

Sue Manteris Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against KSNV Before Anchoring the 6 p.m. News

Longtime KSNV anchor Sue Manteris filed a discrimination lawsuit against the station on Tuesday afternoon and then anchored the 6 p.m. newscast.

Manteris, who has been with the Las Vegas NBC-affiliate since 1989, is accusing station management of racial, age, and gender discrimination in response to KSNV’s decision not to renew her current contract, which expires on June 10th.

Manteris’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, singles out news director Bob Stoldal, who joined the station in 2009. The suit claims that Stoldal “has made a disproportionate number of personnel changes each strongly indicating a race, age and or gender bias.”

Manteris, who was born in India, has been the face of KSNV for decades but her role with the station has been diminished since Stoldal took control. Manteris anchored the 11 p.m. newscast before Stoldal joined the station but he quickly replaced her with a younger, white female anchor with little experience, according to the suit. Read more