VOL. 126 | NO. 64 | Friday, April 1, 2011
Ex-Fox Personality Files Overtime Lawsuit
By Andy Meek
Former WHBQ/Fox 13 sports personality Greg Gaston has filed a federal lawsuit against Fox over what the suit claims is a denial of overtime compensation.
The suit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for West Tennessee claims Gaston – who worked at Fox 13 from the beginning of 2009 until Jan. 16 – routinely worked more than 40 hours each week without overtime compensation.
The suit also claims he did not quality as exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and that he should have been paid no less than one and one-half times his regular rate of pay work performed in excess of 40 hours per week.
The suit states Gaston was instructed as to his daily assignment by sports director Matt Stark and occasionally by news director Ken Jobe or assistant news director Paul Sloan.
“The Sports Director, News Director, or Assistant News Director normally instructed (Gaston) as to the focus of the report on the particular assignment,” the suit reads. “(Gaston’s) primary duties as a sports reporter were to simply report the outcome of the sporting event, as well as to conduct non-investigative post-game/event interviews with players and coaches.”
Fox 13 general manager John Koski was not immediately available for comment.