Los Angeles weatherman, Kyle Hunter, has filed a lawsuit against CBS Broadcasting and its two stations, claiming he was left out of accounts for jobs at two of CBS Broadcasting’s prominent stations because he wasn’t a young and good-looking woman.
Kyle Hunter, who has worked as a meteorologist in different southern California markets during a 23-year career, filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against CBS Broadcasting and its owned-and-operated Los Angeles stations KCBS and KCAL recently. The disgruntled weatherman is represented by Gloria Allred.
Kyle Hunter claims “that within the past few years, KCAL and KCBS decided to hire young attractive women as weathercasters in prime time rather than men in order to induce more men to watch their prime time newscasts,” according to the suit. That means there was no place for Kyle Hunter, an over-40 male meteorologist with note-perfect credentials, according to him.
Kyle Hunter claims he discovered in 2010 that KCBS’ veteran weatherman Johnny Mountain would not have his contract renewed, so Kyle informed the station that he would like to fill in the soon-to-be-vacated position. But according to the complaint, the station wasn’t interested in him and instead brought in a younger female, in spite of Kyle Hunter being “far more qualified, and far more experienced, [than] the female hired to replace Mr. Mountain.”
The woman that replaced Mountain was taken in from KCAL, according to the suit, so Kyle Hunter counted on a position would be open at KCAL. However, again he was rejected and the job was given to a younger woman, “whose age and gender were key considerations in the hiring decision,” the weatherman claims. Unlike Kyle Hunter, the female hired didn’t even have a certification from the American Meteorogical Society.
Kyle Hunter says he later asked a manager at KCAL why he hadn’t been considered for the job and he was told that the station broadcasts a lot of sports shows aimed at male viewers and “You wouldn’t be the type men would want to look at,” the complaint claims.
Kyle Hunter is seeking unspecified damages. PR executive of CBS Broadcasting was not available for comments.