A former video editor has filed suit against KVVU Channel 5 in Las Vegas, claiming he was fired for complaining about a hostile work environment.
The suit alleges that anchor Rachel Smith harassed Eric J. Schyman in front of coworkers for “wanting to meet Joan Rivers, stating that it must be (Schyman’s) ultimate gay-Jew fantasy,” and remarking that “she was going to write a book on how gay (Schyman) was,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
The suit also alleges that Smith ridiculed Schyman’s dyslexia and that chief photographer Justin Grant shoved Schyman against a wall “to show how to properly restrain a person.”
Schyman apparently complained to HR about the behavior, and was fired a week later–ostensibly for mailing a video tape to the wrong address, which the lawsuit calls retaliatory.
- Shepard Smith, 'What's Your Show?'
- 'Undercover Boss' Flips Premise to Feature Undercover Employees
- Director/Producer Mike Tollin Shares His Tips on Breaking Into the Industry
- 'Ciao Italia' Host Dishes Career Success at Sun WineFest: 'All Those Things Were Like Minestrone Soup'