Nexstar has broken its silence in regards to a lawsuit file against the company and New Haven station WTNH.
The Nexstar lawyers deny claims by Rachel Mastriano in her federal lawsuit against the company and say Mastriano was properly fired after the company discovered “repeated misconduct that constituted violations of Nexstar’s … Business Conduct Policy.”
Mastriano is alleging gender and age discrimination as well as sexist comments at the New Haven television station.
Mastriano’s misconduct, the company contends, “included, among other things, misuse of company resources for personal gain.”
The Hartford Courant writes that Mastriano began working at WTNH in 2010 as an executive assistant to the station’s vice president and general manager, and that in May 2015 she was promoted to human resources manager.
“WTNH-TV and Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. maintain a strict zero-tolerance policy which prohibits harassment and discrimination of any kind,'' Nexstar said in a statement released Thursday. "Rachel Mastriano’s employment was terminated for multiple, well-documented instances of misuse of company assets in violation of the company’s code of business conduct. Any allegations to the contrary are denied and we are prepared to vigorously defend against them.”
A lawyer for Mastriano declined to comment.
In her lawsuit, Mastriano claims that WTNH general manager Richard Graziano chastised her for attending media day at the Travelers Championship, something she had done in the past, and fired her after she requested Red Sox tickets from an advertiser, something she claims was commonplace.
Lawyers for Nexstar, in their response to Mastriano’s lawsuit, say it was not within Mastriano’s responsibilities to attend the Travelers Championship or to attend it without the general manager’s approval.