*(Via Urban Hollywood 411) – The battle between a local CBS news station and one of its former morning anchors has taken a new turn.
Former WJTV anchor Brittany Noble-Jones is disputing claims by the Jackson, Mississippi television station and its parent company, Nexstar Media Group, that she was fired for “excessive absenteeism.”
Earlier this month, Noble-Jones told Urban Hollywood 411 she was wrongfully terminated in May 2018, after filing an EEOC complaint that alleged she was singled out for among other things, wearing her “natural” hair on camera.
At the time that Noble-Jones went public with her claims, Nexstar would not comment. The company has since released a statement to several media outlets, including Urban Hollywood 411, saying the journalist was fired “for her failure to return to work,” not her hair.
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“WJTV-TV and Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. maintain a strict zero-tolerance policy which prohibits harassment, discrimination or retaliation of any type,” the statement said. “Allegations that Ms. Jones’ employment was terminated for her choice of hairstyles have no basis in fact and are vigorously denied. Ms. Jones’ employment was in fact terminated for excessive absenteeism and for her failure to return to work and fulfill her contractual responsibilities after exhausting all available leave time. We stand by our decision to terminate Ms. Jones’ employment and vehemently deny her latest publicly-stated version of reasons for her dismissal.”
When contacted about the company’s comments, Noble-Jones disputed claims that she had exhausted her accrued leave time.
Get Noble-Jones’ response and the FULL story at Urban Hollywood 411.