Former WSVN health reporter Marilyn Mitzel has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the station’s parent company Sunbeam Television. Mitzel says she was fired in December of 2005 even though she had 2 years left on her contract and alleges Sunbeam didn’t giver her a reason for terminating her other than that they were ‘changing directions’ in their health reporting. She also alleges that once she turned 50 the station stopped assigning her to fill in for missing news anchors and instead used younger talent.
Sunbeam’s lawyer says the case is without merit. In 2006 Marlyn Mitzel filed a complaint with the EEOC which was dissmissed after an investigation because the comission says was it “is unable to conclude that the information obtained establishes violations of the statutes.”
Mitzel worked at WSVN for 17 years and was the health expert for two segments – ‘Doc Talk’ and ‘Health Cast’. Since her departure Channel 7 has no medical reporter and they only kept the ‘Health Cast’ segment which now consists mostly of repackaged content from the CNN health unit reported by Judy Fortin.
Miami-Herald – Suit: Firing unhealthy for 50-plus health anchor