A local woman has sued a company that operates local radio stations and its owner, alleging that she was “harassed” and discriminated against because of her gender.
Colleen Bailey filed the lawsuit last week in U.S. District Court in Albany against Regional Radio Group LLC of Queensbury and its owner, Clay Ashworth, and an unidentified defendant said to be part-owner of the station. That person was identified in the lawsuit as “Dex Doe.”
The court action does not seek a specific amount of compensation.
Ashworth did not respond to phone messages left at his office and on his cellphone Thursday morning and afternoon.
The lawsuit was filed after the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigated a complaint made by Bailey and issued a “right to sue” letter.
Bailey, of Glens Falls, was sales manager and assistant general manager of the company, working there between 2009 and 2013.
The lawsuit claims she was “subject to disparate treatment because of her gender or sex,” men were treated differently and received perks such as work vehicles and reimbursement for gasoline, mileage and cellphone use that Bailey did not.
Bailey was subjected to retaliation when the work treatment was questioned, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that Ashworth complained Bailey’s hair wasn’t “sexy enough” and said he had a “120-pound weight limit” for female employees. Bailey also claimed that Ashworth said younger, slimmer women were allowed to wear “shorts, jeans or short skirts” but he told “older or heavier women” that they “just look better in jeans.”
“He made it clear he did not want to work with overweight women. Ashworth would repeat this ‘rule’ often during Ms. Bailey’s tenure at RRG,” the lawsuit states. She was told her management style was “too feminine.”
Ashworth also “inserted himself into her personal life” and warned her boyfriend, lawyer Tucker Stanclift, to “stay away from Colleen,” the lawsuit alleges.
Bailey had “nowhere to turn” to report the abuse because Ashworth’s wife is the company’s human resources specialist, according to the lawsuit.
Bailey was denied overtime and “prevailing wages” and has suffered “emotional distress, depression, anxiety and a loss of life enjoyment” because of the work conditions, she alleged in the lawsuit.
Bailey is being represented by the Long Island law firm of Raiser & Kenniff. No court date has been set.
Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.