Andrea Morehead worked as a news anchor for WTHR-TV Channel 13 from 1999 to 2021.
News presenter Andrea Morehead has decided to end her legal battle with former employer WTHR-TV Channel 13, saying she would rather drop the discrimination lawsuit than win a ruling and be subject to a no-show agreement. -disclosure after such a decision.
Morehead dedicated a statement posted on social media on Tuesday to reiterate allegations of “years of intentional actions of bias, unethical behavior, microaggressions, gaslighting, disparate treatment and physical violence” during his 1999-2020 tenure at WTHR-TV.
In January 2021, Morehead filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis containing allegations that she had been harassed and abused by co-workers and managers while fighting a public battle with breast cancer. .
“While thousands of WTHR viewers shared their support for Andrea Morehead, her colleagues mocked her suffering and created an untenable work environment,” attorney Terrance Kinnard wrote in the lawsuit. Kinnard told IBJ that WTHR, an NBC affiliate owned by Tysons Corner, Va.-based Tegna Inc., fired Morehead in December 2020.
The court finalized the dismissal of the lawsuit, initiated by Morehead, on Tuesday. She cannot refile the claim in the United States District Court.
“The truth of my experience is exhaustive, and after two years of seeking accountability, it became clear that the legal route was never going to be a fair fight because the opposition doubled down on their lies,” Morehead wrote in the press release released on Tuesday. “I had to weigh the costs of possibly dismissing the case or settling the case and signing a non-disclosure agreement and staying silent forever. Neither option allowed the truth to be told.
Morehead’s 400-word statement began with comments related to her experience as a black employee.
“Current federal laws do not adequately protect people against racism,” Morehead wrote. “Absent being called the n-word or a noose placed on my desk, it may be legally difficult to prove intentional discrimination.”
In an emailed statement to IBJ, WTHR President and CEO Michael Brouder said his company was pleased with the lawsuit’s dismissal.
“Tegna and WTHR deny the allegations contained in (Morehead’s) complaint,” Brouder wrote. “We are an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.”
Morehead wrote that depositions implicating current and former directors of WTHR allowed him “to witness the squirms and fight to maintain power at all costs. From blatant lies to factual omissions, a plethora of “I don’t remember” statements and a dizzying game of semantics, they are no longer worth my energy. »
The Howard University graduate, who earned a JD from Indiana University, wrote that she now plans to focus on “substantive work to dismantle the power structure and improve the humanity”.