(PennLive) Only minutes after the end of her final day working with abc27, investigative journalist and weekend news anchor Amanda St. Hilaire shared a statement about workplace behavior she deemed “unacceptable.”
She also expressed support for Flora Posteraro, Dawn White and Carrie Perry, three recent departures from abc27 who have made explicit claims of harassment and discriminatory conditions against the station.
In her Facebook post, St. Hilaire refers to sexual harassment and discrimination, as well as condemns the practice of management ignoring such claims, retaliating against employees through demotions, and allowing “a work environment to remain toxic or unsafe.”
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St. Hilaire was one of several abc27 employees involved in a human resources complaint filed in August of 2017 against Robert Bee, the general manager of abc27.
Bee joined the station in January 2017, arriving from Wilkes-Barre station WBRE after abc27 was purchased by Nexstar Media Group. The complaints against him named up to 16 witnesses of various accusations of Bee making racially or sexually charged comments to staff members, and making discriminatory comments about female on-air talent and their appearance.
In March of 2018, Flora Posteraro, another participant of the August HR complaint against Bee, was dismissed from her position after refusing an involuntary transfer and demotion to weekend anchor.
Nexstar and abc27 officials stated that Posteraro’s reassignment was in no way retaliatory, and was part of a planned reorganization within the company.
Posteraro, however, has filed sex discrimination and retaliation complaints against her former employer. St. Hilaire was one of many abc27 staffers who immediately spoke up in Posteraro’s defense on social media, and supported her claim of workplace discrimination.
In a March 23 staff meeting attended by many members of the abc27 staff, managers informed them that Nexstar would defend Bee vigorously.
Dawn White left her position at abc27 on May 25, having “made the decision to leave over the past few months due to the current work environment and climate.”
On June 1, Carrie Perry also shared a similar story about her departure from the station on April 10. Perry stated that “the environment at the station was no longer conducive to quality work and, as a mother of 5 daughters, it was not acceptable that the climate for women is simply not favorable.”
St. Hilaire’s final story for abc27, published through their “On Deadline” podcast, dealt with sexual harassment and sexual assault on college campuses.
A $3 million expansion plan for abc27 is currently under way.