'The wrong minority’: Former news anchor accuses TV station of discrimination
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A former news anchor at a Kansas City TV station has filed a lawsuit accusing her old boss of denying her a promotion based on her race.
Megan Murphy, who was known on air as Megan Dillard.Megan Dillard / via InstagramLawyers for Megan Murphy, who was known on air as Megan Dillard, say in the suit that when she expressed interest in the anchor position in January 2020, the news director at the time, Sean McNamara, laughed and said, “You know you’re the wrong minority.”
McNamara is not directly named as a defendant.
The complaint says WDAF-TV, a Fox affiliate, engaged in a “pattern and practice of expressly considering race when making hiring and promotional decisions regarding on-air positions at Fox 4.”
Lawyers for Nexstar, the station's parent company and the largest TV station owner in the U.S. with nearly 200 stations, denied that any discrimination occurred in a response to Murphy’s complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri last week.