Dec 14, 2012

The TV station involved in the controversy surrounding the firing of a Shreveport, Louisiana meteorologist has decided to speak out about the firing. 
Rhonda Lee was the meteorologist on KTBS in Shreveport when she says she was fired because she defended her afro on Facebook after a commenter made what she deemed to be a racist statement about it.
The TV station insists that the reason Lee was fired was because she violated the company’s social media policy as it relates to employees commenting to viewers.  Lee insists she never seen such a policy.
The TV station has subsequently sent out a letter to give their side of what happened.  Here is what they wrote:
On November 28, 2012, KTBS dismissed two employees for repeated violation of the station’s written procedure. We can confirm that Rhonda Lee was one of the employees. Another employee was a white male reporter who was an eight year veteran of the station. The policy they violated provided a specific procedure for responding to viewer comments on the official KTBS Facebook page. Included is an email that was sent to all news department employees informing them of this procedure. This procedure is based on advice from national experts and commonly used by national broadcast and cable networks and local television stations across the country. Unfortunately, television personalities have long been subject to harsh criticism and negative viewer comments about their appearance and performance. If harsh viewer comments are posted on the station’s official website, there is a specific procedure to follow. Ms. Rhonda Lee was let go for repeatedly violating that procedure and after being warned multiple times of the consequences if her behavior continued. Rhonda Lee was not dismissed for her appearance or defending her appearance. She was fired for continuing to violate company procedure.
Lee insists she asked the station for a copy of the policy as late as last Friday, but her request was still denied.  The station however did provide the Huffington Post with a copy of the email that was sent out warning employees about how they must conduct themselves on social media.
Lee insists that she never saw the email.
Here's the email:

1 comment:

  1. I do not think her actions warranted termination. I also do not think she needed to respond to the viewer. It would be a bigger story if her employer insisted she wear a wig because of viewer complaints. That doesn't appear to be the case. Viewers now have a easy medium to air their complaints and criticism. Some one is bound to say something ridiculous and it would be a waste of time to respond to it.