A black meteorologist said she was fired from her job at an ABC affiliate in Louisiana after responding to racially-problematic remarks left on the station’s Facebook page.
The Maynard Institute blog Journal-isms reported on Tuesday that Rhonda Lee was fired from her job at KTBS-TV on Nov. 28 without being shown the station’s social media policy, which management said forbids on-air personnel from responding to viewer comments online.
“They told me the policy I violated isn’t written down, but was mentioned in a newsroom meeting about a month-and-a-half prior,” Lee said of a Dec. 7 meeting she had with General Sales Manager George Sirven and News Director Randy Bain. “A meeting I didn’t attend. So when I asked what rule did I break there isn’t anything to point to.”
Bain released a statement Tuesday confirming that both Lee and an unidentified white employee were fired for allegedly violating the station’s protocol, which he said was “commonly used” by both local stations and networks nationwide.
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