Federal agency: Channel 11 discriminated based on age

DALLAS (AP) — A federal agency charges in a lawsuit that CBS discriminated based on age when the network’s Dallas-Fort Worth network affiliate KTVT declined to hire a traffic reporter in her 40s in favor of a less experienced one in her early 20s.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a statement Tuesday that KTVT-TV (Channel 11) violated a federal law prohibiting age discrimination by employers.

The commission says Tammy Campbell, formerly Tammy Dombeck, worked as a freelance reporter for the station beginning in 2013 and had previously worked at KXAS-TV (Channel 5) in Fort Worth.

When there was a full-time opening in 2014, KTVT (CBS 11) advertised for applicants with at least five years’ experience and knowledge of D-FW traffic.

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The station hired a 24-year-old who had neither.

A station spokeswoman says KTVT disagrees with the EEOC’s findings and “looks forward to resolving this matter.”