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Weather Channel anchor sexually harassed, sabotaged co-anchor, lawsuit contends
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 05/07/08 | BILL RANKIN

Posted on 05/11/2008 11:14:41 AM PDT by BenLurkin

The Weather Channel did not need Doppler Radar to track this storm. It needed a lawyer.

For almost two years, co-anchors Bob Stokes and Hillary Andrews seemed to make a good team on air and enjoyed good ratings. But behind the scenes, Stokes was sexually harassing Andrews and sabotaging her work on the air, her ongoing lawsuit against Stokes contends.

According to Andrews' lawsuit, Stokes, 50, once a popular meteorologist at the cable network, was a serial sexual harasser.

Stokes had already harassed a former co-anchor and then became sexually obsessed with Andrews when she began working at the cable network in the fall of 2003, Andrews' lawsuit says. He made crude sexual remarks to her, leered at her chest and followed her into the women's dressing room, she says in the lawsuit.

In court filings, Andrews also says The Weather Channel is trying to keep under wraps a Jan. 31 award granted to her by an arbitrator who wrote a decision critical of Stokes' and The Weather Channel management. The day the decision came down, Stokes was fired from his anchor job, Andrews' court filing says.

Stokes, of Marietta, did not return a phone call and his lawyer, Jeff Kent, said Wednesday his client will not comment.

"He obviously denies them," Kent said of the allegations. "The allegations are just allegations. This case will be fully defended and we expect Mr. Stokes to prevail."

Stan Wilson, a lawyer for The Weather Channel, said it is the station's position "that this is a dispute between two former employees of The Weather Channel who have not worked together since March 2005."

Andrews began pursuing her sexual harassment claims against The Weather Channel shortly after she was told her contract was not being renewed in 2006. Separately, she filed suit in November against Stokes in Cobb County Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages and attorneys fees. She contends Stokes, through "relentless unwelcome sexual advances," made her job so untenable The Weather Channel decided not to renew her contract.

After Andrews took the job in 2003, Stokes told her it had been a long time since he was so attracted to someone and asked intimate questions about her sex life, the suit says.

When Andrews rebuffed Stokes' advances, the suit says, he retaliated, sometimes sabotaging her on-air performance. He insulted her during live broadcasts, asked her questions during broadcasts that he knew she couldn't answer, and intentionally read her portion of the script to throw her off guard during a broadcast, her lawsuit contends.

After Andrews complained to the station's management about the alleged harassment and said she could not tolerate working with Stokes anymore, she was assigned the overnight shift and later told her contract would not be renewed, the suit says. Her court filings contend The Weather Channel tolerated Stokes' conduct because he was a popular on-air personality and earned good ratings for the station.

To bolster the lawsuit in Cobb County against Stokes, Andrews' lawyers told The Weather Channel they intended to put the arbitrator's decision into evidence.

The Weather Channel opposed it, saying the decision is confidential. It threatened litigation against Andrews and her lawyers. On Wednesday, Wilson, The Weather Channel's lawyer, said the company's policy is to protect the privacy and confidentiality of all employees, including Stokes and Andrews who agreed to the confidentiality of the arbitration process.

In March Andrews filed a federal lawsuit against The Weather Channel, seeking a court order allowing her to put the arbitrator's decision in the court record.

"Without accountability, an employer has little incentive to follow the law," Andrews' lawyer, Daniel Klein, said Wednesday. "Employers should know that when they sacrifice their employees' rights on the altar of profits, people will find out."

In a court filing in late April, Andrews said that while The Weather Channel "is understandably eager to assure that the arbitrator's findings and conclusions never see the light of day," there is nothing in her agreement that prevents disclosure of the award.


TOPICS: Society; TV/Movies; Weather
KEYWORDS: anchor; lawsuit; sexualharrassment; weatherchannel
"Andrews began pursuing her sexual harassment claims against The Weather Channel shortly after she was told her contract was not being renewed in 2006."

Hmmm....

1 posted on 05/11/2008 11:14:42 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Check this out....

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2 posted on 05/11/2008 11:24:10 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am very mad at Disney. Give me my James Marsden song!!!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

If a tree falls and no one is there to hear it?


3 posted on 05/11/2008 11:25:49 AM PDT by GoforBroke
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To: BenLurkin

They should change the name to The Climate Channel. I can’t stand to look anymore.


4 posted on 05/11/2008 11:32:11 AM PDT by orlop9
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To: BenLurkin
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5 posted on 05/11/2008 11:46:58 AM PDT by MaxMax (I'll welcome death when God calls me. Until then, the fight is on)
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To: netmilsmom

The true story of global warming.......


6 posted on 05/11/2008 12:05:14 PM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark

Globular warming?


7 posted on 05/11/2008 12:16:32 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: BenLurkin
leered at her chest

OMG, the humanity!

But he shouldn't have followed her into a woman's dressing room.

8 posted on 05/11/2008 12:17:30 PM PDT by TheThinker (Capitalism is the natural result of a democratic government.)
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To: BenLurkin
Of all the Weather Channel personalities I would have thought it would have been guilty of such a thing, I would have thought it would have been Dave Schwartz.



His deliver always came across to me as a cross between a bad 70’s AM deejay and a sleazy used car salesman. But I did enjoy watching him as he was so funny, even if unintentionally so.
9 posted on 05/11/2008 12:18:11 PM PDT by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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To: Old Professer

And hot below the equator......


10 posted on 05/11/2008 12:18:15 PM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: MaxMax
Well when she came on she certainly caused a rise in my temperature.
11 posted on 05/11/2008 12:38:37 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: Lakeshark

He obviously thought conditions were right for high pressure followed by a warm moist low coming up from the south. But instead all he got was an artic cold front.


12 posted on 05/11/2008 12:39:03 PM PDT by Caramelgal (Rely on the spirit and meaning of the teachings, not on the words or superficial interpretations)
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To: Caramelgal
Wimmin Weather can be so unpredictable.
13 posted on 05/11/2008 12:49:16 PM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: BenLurkin
I've alway's loved the Weather Channel babes. They are alway's pregnant and it proves they put out! They are much more than a pretty face. Pretty bellies, butts, and boobs with a pointy stick.

Oh, and by the way, NOT GUILTY!

14 posted on 05/11/2008 1:06:04 PM PDT by blackdog
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To: MaxMax

Must be a hack on the set.


15 posted on 05/11/2008 1:06:33 PM PDT by Vaduz (and just think how clean the cities would become again.)
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To: BenLurkin

Other articles she claims he asked her to lick his swizzle stick using those words.

Frankly I think this is the weather channel’s very own The Legend of Ron Burgandy.


16 posted on 05/11/2008 1:30:23 PM PDT by festus (Tagline removed.)
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To: BenLurkin

This looks like an extra pop-corn event to me. :)


17 posted on 05/11/2008 1:32:23 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: Caramelgal

Not to mention his complete failure to forecast the force 10 schit storm on the horizon.


18 posted on 05/11/2008 1:39:05 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: BenLurkin

Who is/was the spanish looking woman that’s been on seemingly since the beginning? She was and still is a looker only I forget her name.


19 posted on 05/11/2008 2:03:40 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Blue Highway

Are you thinking of Jennetta Jones?


20 posted on 05/11/2008 4:52:06 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE I.R.S.)
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To: Blue Highway
Here's a pic


21 posted on 05/11/2008 5:09:23 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (PUT AN END TO ORGANIZED CRIME. ABOLISH THE I.R.S.)
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To: NCC-1701

Yeah that’s her. She has agred remarkably well. Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me but I could swear I remember her being on there since the late 80’s.


22 posted on 05/11/2008 6:57:16 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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