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Janet Peckinpaugh - NBC 30 News Story - WVIT | Hartford

There are 5 comments on the NBC 30 Hartford story from Feb 14, 2008, titled Janet Peckinpaugh - NBC 30 News Story - WVIT | Hartford. In it, NBC 30 Hartford reports that:

Janet Peckinpaugh co-anchored Live at 5 and NBC30 Connecticut News at 5:30 p.m. with Logan Byrnes.

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Michael OHerlihy

Saint Peters, MO

#1 Feb 23, 2008
2008! We have moved to Missouri. If you want to work again Janet, please come out here. These folks don't even come close to you. Wish you luck. If nothing else, enjoy life. You deserve it!!!

Exeter, NH

#2 Mar 2, 2008
Was Janet forced into retirement?

Her ex Channel 8 buddy is still working at Channel 3.

Exeter, NH

#3 Mar 2, 2008
Anchorwoman wins $8.3 million sex bias judgment


Exeter, NH

#4 Mar 2, 2008
Former News Anchor Wins $8.3M for Sex, Age Discrimination
Feminist Daily News Wire
January 29, 1999
Former news anchor Janet Peckinpaugh was awarded $8.3 million in a lawsuit that alleged discrimination based on sex and age. The jury rejected the plaintiff's claim of age discrimination, but agreed with her claim of sex discrimination and violation of contract.

Peckinpaugh was replaced by a younger woman and demoted to a position that paid less than 1/5 of her former $250,000 salary as anchor of WFSB's main newscasts and ruined her chances of career advancement or similar employment elsewhere.

Peckinpaugh alleged that two factors contributed to her demotions. First, she testified that former co-anchor Al Terzi inappropriately groped her and pressured WFSB to fire or demote her after she complained. Second, she testified that she, like other middle-aged women in television, was fired because she no longer looked like a twenty-year-old. Peckinpaugh's counsel noted that male newscasters were not subject to the same expectations of a perpetually youthful appearance, using Terzi, who happens to be a 56 six-year-old man with gray hair, as an example.

WFSB management denied Peckinpaugh's charges and characterized the case as a simple contract dispute. Terzi has also denied Peckinpaugh's allegations of sexual harassment, saying that the touch in dispute was a "fraternal hug."

"It's accepted that it's desirable to have a man and a young woman paired up as co-anchors. I think stations will think twice about that now before making those decisions," commented Peckinpaugh.

Fox News' Eleanor Clift commented on the decision, saying, "The American people recognize the basic unfairness of holding her up to a cosmetic standard that the other gender doesn't have to meet. The second wave of women in journalism, the one that came after Barbara Walters, Pauline Fredericks and Nancy Dickerson, is larger and is not going to go off into that good night when they hit some milestone birthday."

Media Resources:Nando Times - January 29, Hartford Courant - January 29, and New York Times - January 26, 1999

Exeter, NH

#5 Mar 2, 2008
By the way, Al Terzi is a bumb too!

I remember seeing Channel 8 highlight Al Terzi's graduation from
UCONN with a law degree. But, did Al Terzi pass the Connecticut Bar Exam?
Or was he too stupid to pass it?

Al Terzi looks horrible on TV 3 and I wonder who he knows and what he holds over his boss to keep his ugly face on TV?

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