Tuesday, May 17, 2011 | 10:39 p.m.
Longtime Las Vegas television anchor Sue Manteris sued her station Tuesday, charging she’s been subjected to discrimination on the basis of age, race and gender.
Attorneys for Manteris filed suit in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas against Valley Broadcasting Co., owner of KSNV Channel 3, formerly KVBC; News Director Bob Stoldal, General Manager Lisa Howfield and others.
Manteris, who was on the air Tuesday co-anchoring the early evening news broadcast, is represented by Las Vegas attorneys Gus Flangas and Kim Price with Flangas McMillan Law Group.
Howfield said she couldn’t comment on the suit. A message for comment was left with Stoldal.
The suit says Manteris had filed a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and on April 22 she received a “Notice of Right to Sue” letter.
The lawsuit describes her as Asian, over age 40, and a member of a protected class under federal and state law. She started at the station more than 20 years ago as a broadcast journalist-news anchor. It says she’s working under a four-year contract with the station that expires June 10.
Manteris complained in her suit that her work schedule has been changed and that last summer Stoldal moved her from the 11 p.m. newscast to the 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts and replaced her with a younger, white female who had little or no anchor experience.
The suit also claims male anchors have been paid more than Manteris, even though her “research numbers and ratings were higher.”
The suit seeks unspecified damages, including punitive damages.