Unhired weatherman sues another LA station

bri-winkler-twitter.jpgEarly in 2012, Kyle Hunter sued KCBS and KCAL alleging that he was not taken seriously as a candidate for the weekend meteorologist opening because he was not a young attractive woman. I don't know what happened to that suit, but this week he sued KABC-TV alleging basically the same thing. From the Hollywood Reporter:

According to a lawsuit Kyle Hunter filed Wednesday, Aug. 14, in Los Angeles Superior Court, Hunter applied for the job of weekend meteorologist in June 2011, but was never interviewed for the job. He alleges "multiple qualified persons age 40 and over" applied for the position, but they were also not interviewed.

The suit describes Hunter as a meteorologist with 25 years of experience, with both a bachelor's and master's degree in meteorology, and a third bachelor's degree in political science with an emphasis on earth and space sciences from UCLA. It says he worked as a broadcaster in Los Angeles and San Diego.

The lawsuit alleges Arnie Kleiner, KABC-TV president and general manager, and Cheryl Fair, KABC-TV vp and news director, "had previously decided to hire a young, attractive female for this position -- preferably a blonde who physically resembled Indra Petersons," the woman who previously held the job.

KABC then hired recent college graduate Bri Winkler (above), says THR. The Hollywood Reporter does not appear to know that it reported last year on Hunter suing a different Los Angeles station — actually, two.

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