Courtesy of JTA The news van for WTMJ-TV.

Courtesy of JTA

The news van for WTMJ-TV.

 

(JTA) — A federal lawsuit alleges that a Milwaukee weatherman and two other former employees of a local television station suffered discrimination because they are Jewish.

The lawsuit against Scripps Media Inc., the parent company of WTMJ-TV, was filed in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Dec 23.

The incidents alleged by the weatherman, Scott Steele, took place between 2014 and 2017 and included twice finding a Christian cross and once a yarmulke left on his desk. The lawsuit also alleges a “constant struggle for Steele and other Jewish employees to take time off for Jewish holidays.” Steele alleges he was demoted to a “lesser role” at the station after requesting time off for holidays.

“Scripps began a campaign of retaliation against Steele for speaking up to protest the anti-Semitic discrimination workplace hostility he was suffering, and his criticism of the culture of discrimination at WTMJ 4,” the complaint said.

Steele filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year.

Scripps did not comment to the newspaper, citing the pending litigation.

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