Skip to comments.Weather Channel star: I was fired for my military service
Posted on 06/04/2012 11:04:19 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
MARIETTA A former Weather Channel star is suing the Cobb-based channel and its new owners, claiming she was fired because of her military service.
Meteorologist Nicole Mitchell said Monday that her contract was not renewed in 2010 because the Weather Channels management didnt want to deal with the time she took off to serve in the Air Force Reserves, where she is a captain and Hurricane Hunter. While the channels former management, Norfolk, Va.-based Landmark Communications, embraced her role in the military, featuring her weather-related duties on the air, she said that started to change when the Weather Channel was sold in 2008 to NBC Universal and two private equity firms, Bain Capital and the Blackstone Group.
I dont think it was so much they were anti-military, Mitchell said after a news conference Monday at her attorneys office, a couple of miles from the Weather Channels headquarters. But we were taken over by outside companies that werent internally managing, if that makes sense. And so they never got to know some of us. Our managers werent meteorologists anymore, so I think it was just easier for them to feel inconvenienced than to look at the benefits.
The lawsuit states that in March 2009, NBC News Vice President Elena Nachmanoff called Mitchell in for a Sunday meeting with a hair consultant, even though Mitchell had a military service weekend scheduled for months. It claims that Nachmanoff was perceptibly angry that Mitchell didnt come in. After Mitchell missed a second weekend assignment for makeup consultation in June 2009, she was removed from Your Weather Today, which she had been on for four years.
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I highly suggest she contact the JAG at her duty station, I think this is a violation of her rights as a member of the military.
Smells like a personal pissing contest to me
US Department of Labor (DoL) The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Advisor
Definitely not guilty.
Isn’t that precious?
I fired her so I could date her...
The hiring of the sorry Al Roker was the worst move. I only watch it now for the tropical coverage.
The chick was fired in 2010.
Mitt Romney wins Republican nomination in 2012. His opposition slams him for running Bain capital.
Romney opposition conducts considerable dirt investigations and finds out that Bain bought this TV channel.
In 2012 the weather chick sues for wrongful termination. She throws in the military discrimination for added effect since Republicans love the military.
The whole thing is contrived by Democrats.
The story is about the chick being fired by Bain Capital, Romney's old haunt.
"Bain is anti-military" is a subtext.
It is propaganda.
The article stressed the NBC part from the get go, not Bain.
Don't think this will hurt Romney in any way, it may be an attempt, but it won't stick to do damage.
Going to take a whole, whole, whole lot more to save the OBummer and no way I can see that happening at this point.
“”This is a partial answer to many questions you guys have asked about what happened at TWC. We finally went forward and spoke to the press today, which was nerve-wracking, and I will post the link to that conference when it is available.....
For Immediate Release
WEATHER CHANNEL SUED FOR MILITARY DISCRIMINATION
Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter Harassed, Loses Job over Service to Country
Atlanta, GA June 4, 2012 Air Force Reserve Officer Nicole Mitchell, formerly an on-air meteorologist for The Weather Channel (TWC), has filed suit against her former employers TWC, NBC/Universal and the private equity firms Bain Capital and the Blackstone Group. The suit comes after a pattern of unfair and discriminatory treatment by the network and its owners, who complained about being forced to schedule around Captain Mitchells military service.
Captain Mitchell, now a Major select, is a highly decorated officer who flies as a Weather Officer with the famed Hurricane Hunters. She brings suit under The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) which prohibits discrimination and retaliation against service members due to their military obligations.
Mitchell was a popular meteorologist on the TWCs top-rated morning show, Your Weather Today, where her military expertise contributed greatly to the networks hurricane coverage and revenue. After TWC was purchased by NBC/Universal, Bain Capital, and the Blackstone Group in 2008, Mitchell was told by the new management that her military schedule impacts everyone. She was harassed for meeting her military obligations, told to clear any military assignments in advance, removed from Your Weather Today, and subsequently moved to less desirable shifts. Eventually she was that told there was no longer a place for her at TWC. Management cited business reasons and confirmed there were no performance or ratings issues with Mitchell.
The Weather Channel is now attempting to profit off of Mitchells own Squadron with a reality show about the Hurricane Hunters. In the series, TWC promises to emphasize the vital role played by the Hurricane Hunters who supply information to the National Hurricane Center from inside the storms. According to TWC, the show will feature those who risk their own lives for those whose lives depend on them. After dismissing Captain Mitchell for alleged business reasons, TWC avoided filming her during this series. Additionally, NBC/Universal is now a sponsor of the Got Your 6 campaign, publicly vowing to support veterans, despite allowing NBC/Universal staff and managers to harass and then terminate the employment of a military veteran because it found her military service inconvenient.
The case is now headed into arbitration after TWC, NBC/Universal, Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group refused to allow the case to proceed in the Federal District Court and moved to enforce an arbitration clause. Forcing USERRA cases into arbitration is a problem. This is a distinct disadvantage to military members due to the costs, the intricacies of these cases, the effect of military regulations upon their duties, and the lack of any appeal process. Two United States Senators have introduced legislation, the Servicemember Employment Protection Act of 2012 (Pryor, AR) and the Servicemembers Access to Justice Act (Casey, PA), that would render arbitration clauses invalid in USERRA cases and guarantee military members the right to have their cases heard in federal court. Mitchell hopes her case will raise awareness of military employment discrimination and the need to improve USERRA protections, so that other veterans do not have to go through what she has experienced.
31 minute video of press conference:
“”LoRusso Law Firm Press Conference featuring Lance LoRusso, Esq, Capt Nicole Mitchell, Rebecca Sample, Esq, Professor Lynn Hogue — GA State Univ College of Law, COL Holahan — Reserve Officers Assn””
Yeah it was not long after Roker got there that I gave up on TWC.
After Zero moved in to the White Hut, Abrams came up with her own imitation of Moochelle’s “boob” belt emulating and idolizing the first wooky.
The Weather Channel website for local weather has really gone down the tubes lately. The page is all full of twittery, lifestyle crap, and advertisements, but try to find some real weather data (like barometric pressure) and you are SOL.
This might be harder to win. She was working on a contract basis and the network completed their contact with her and decided not to renew the contract. I think they have the right to not renew IF they fulfill the original contract fully. This will be interesting to see what happens. It stinks that she was not given another contract but isn’t that what a contract is all about? You sign for a certain timeframe and then you could be finished after it is done.
Not Guilty !
I have been wondering all these years what Al Roker’s credentials that establish him as a meteorologist...
Roker initially wanted to be a cartoonist. He was raised Catholic (in the faith of his mother) and graduated from Xavier High School in Manhattan. He worked on several projects as a member of the school’s Cartooning & Illustration Club. He attended the State University of New York at Oswego where he double-majored in graphic design and broadcasting/journalism.
He holds an expired American Meteorological Society Television Seal, #238.
I remember, when I lived in DFW area WBAP radio had a real meteorologist who was one of the originals in Radio and TV (Harold - I can’t remember his last name). He said on air once, “I helped write the requirements for the AMS Seal of Approval, but they watered them down so much, I never bothered to apply for one.” Ever since then I have been suspect of anyone with the AMS Seal of Approval.
“the (brainless) bean counters are ruining the WC.”
Plus airing MSNBC news. Obama gets more coverage than local weather.
“When I want the weather, I go to http://www.intellicast.com/."
Excellent...thanks for the link, I’ve been wanting to dump the WC.
Never going to click in to the Weather Channel again.
There are other sources for weather forecasts.
I tacked on to a tour of a National Weather Service facility once with my daughter who just got her BS in Meteorology (and is going into the Air Force). At one of the workstations a meteorologist was updating the weather report, and said, “Watch this.” The TV above his workstation was tuned to TWC. Almost immediately they started reading what he had just written, word for word. It was like that Jimmy Dean commercial. We all laughed.
Harold Taft. He was a treasure...
The man knew the weather up in the Fort Worth area, and wasn’t afraid to call it like he saw it.
If I were a hurricane she wouldn’t have to hunt too hard to find me.
For my local weather I go right NOAA site.
All you need is your town and zip code.
Here is the link to my town but you’ll get the idea.
Yes, I use that resource regularly, and also this one:
The commercial weather media like the Weather Channel, Accu-weather, and TV/radio weather all get their information directly from NOAA. When NOAA is wrong, the weather media always seems to be wrong too. But with NOAA, you don’t get the “storm-a-geddon” hype that the commercial sites seem to prefer.
I also like Weather Underground for the local, mostly privately-owned weather stations that feed real time data through their website. There’s one only a couple of miles from my house and plenty of others in the vicinity.
Thanks. I remember the morning show on WBAP with Hal Jay and Dick Siegel. Couldn’t remember Harold’s last name. Dick Siegel was a real character. He was supposed to be reporting on traffic from a helicopter and he’d be hovering over a pool in Arlington talking about how the female sunbathers looked. I remember he had a woman in the helicopter with him once and Hal Jay asked how things were on the morning drive, and the woman said, “right now Dick is driving my knee.”
Bain Capital was one of the first things to jump out at me when I read this. Was wondering if anyone else saw it.