10/26/11 – UPDATE – WJHG-TV officials have contacted Florida News Center to set us straight on our story below. Apparently the rumors swirling around the panhandle about a $600k settlement, were (as we reported and expected) just rumors.
Officials tell Florida News Center “that the station settled the case for $40,000, all of which will go to Ms. Craven’s attorneys to cover a portion of their fees and expenses.” However, no further information was given on the allegations contained in the sexual harassment suit.
10/9/11 – Florida News Center has learned that a settlement has been reached in the sexual harassment suit filed by meteorologist Stacey Sawyer (Craven) against her former employer, Panama City’s WJHG-TV and its owner Gray Television. While official court papers, filed back in August, do not disclose the official settlement amount, rumors swirling around the panhandle say that the settlement number is upwards of $600,000 plus (refer to 10/26/11 update above).
As Florida News Center reported back in February 2011, former WJHG morning/noon meteorologist Stacey Sawyer (Craven) alleged that former Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelley (right) sent a full-frontal nude photograph of himself and made multiple suggestive, verbal and physical sexual advances towards her over a two year time period. Legal documentation stated that Sawyer (Craven) complied with Gray’s sexual harassment policy and reported Kelley’s advances multiple times to WJHG-TV management (including then News Director Tom Lewis, GM Kurt Molander and WCTV-TV GM Nick Waller). The lawsuit further alleged that WJHG-TV/Gray Television subjected her to “unlawful sexual harassment, retaliated against her, and discriminated against her based on her pregnancy,” in the lawsuit submitted to United States District Court.
READ OUR FULL STORY AND ALL OF THE DETAILS FROM 2/2011 HERE
Stay tuned to Florida News Center for any further details.