Who Is Blythe Asher?
Blythe Asher is a former Senior VP for Talent Development and Casting at E! Entertainment and NBC Universal. She served in that job from June 2009 to February 2016. She described her job duties as “Overseeing all of the talent, casting, talent development and talent management for the E! network.”
NBC Universal/Comcast Lawsuit
Asher filed a lawsuit against NBC Universal and its parent Comcast six months after she was let go from the company. Asher alleges that she was wrongfully terminated due to age discrimination.
In her filing Asher wrote, “In 2016, for the first time during her employment with E! and after having battled cancer, Asher received a significantly lower performance evaluation.”
She added, “On February 9, 2016, Asher received notice from NBCU Media that her ‘services were no longer required,'” and said, “During plaintiff’s employment with defendants, defendants, through their supervisors, engaged in actions that had a negative impact on the treatment of employees who were more than 40 years old.”
Asher alleges that the media giant “discharged older employees with greater frequency than younger employees, hired fewer employees who were older than 40, and gave better jobs and benefits to younger employees.”
Asher says that E! relied on her for relationships with celebrities like Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears.
She is seeking $25,000.
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