Earlier this year veteran Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers was successful in an age discrimination lawsuit against his former employer. Now, another high profile sports media personality is filing a similar suit, this time against one of the major national sports networks.
Reporter Colleen Dominguez, who joined Fox Sports in 2014, is now pursuing legal action against the network claiming both age and gender discrimination.
Deadspin has a copy of the lawsuit, filed in the Central District of California. Dominguez claims she has been given less than a handful of assignments this year and is being passed over for either younger women or men her age. Among the more damning allegations are the ones below, including the claim that a supervisor at Fox told her “we don’t handle veteran female reporters very well.” If that doesn’t sound familiar, you may want to research what happened with Pam Oliver.
Dominguez was one of the first former ESPNers that FS1 hired to lead their new network and she did receive high profile assignments throughout her first year. However, it is indeed true that her presence greatly diminished in 2015 at the network. A quick search of Dominguez on the Fox Sports website shows her last interview feature to be all the way back in March with Madison Bumgarner.
Given that Dominguez’s lawsuit comes on the heels of Fox faceplanting publicly over the Pam Oliver situation, these have to be worrying times for the Los Angeles based outlet. There was already a perception that Fox did Oliver wrong because of her age and in spite of her experience. Now that the company is facing a lawsuit over similar allegations, it could spell some dark clouds on the horizon for Fox Sports.