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Fox Sports 1 reporter alleges employment discrimination

Many Florida sports fans may be familiar with watching long time reporter, Colleen Dominguez. After her many years of service in the industry, Dominguez claims that she lost her job because she was getting older. She believes she is the victim of employment discrimination and has filed a federal lawsuit against Fox Sports 1.

Dominguez was hired in 2014, and she was under the impression that she would be given a significant number of high profile events to cover based on her agreement. Previously, Dominguez had worked for major networks such as ESPN and NBC. The plaintiff claims that everything changed after she covered the 2014 NBA playoffs.

She alleges that, after the playoffs, she was no longer receiving assignments. She decided to get interviews with major sports stars on her own, but was apparently told stop because her doing so could cause issues with other reporters. Everything became clear to the 54-year-old after other employees allegedly told her that management was worried how she appeared on camera. Dominguez was apparently sent a text from a producer that said that she was doing her job well, but the male audience would find looking at younger female reporters more desirable.

Dominguez maintains she emailed the president of Fox asking to be given more assignments and was told the situation would be investigated, but nothing ever happened. Her employment discrimination complaint alleges that older males or young, inexperienced female reporters were given the assignments that she should have received. Whether in Florida or another jurisdiction, older employees do not need to tolerate being shoved out of their positions only to be replaced by younger counterparts. Those who suffer such treatment may have the right to pursue legal recourse.

Source:, "Fox Sports 1 Reporter Sues Network for Age Discrimination", Debbie Emery, Dec. 18, 2015

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