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Giant pulls abc27 ads: ‘We are fully committed to supporting fair and safe workplace environments’

(PennLive) Giant Food Stores has suspended their advertising with abc27.

The Carlisle-based grocery store chain has pulled their advertising with the local news station following allegations against the station’s general manager, Robert Bee, and the departure anchor Flora Posteraro in March, the Central Penn Business Journal reported.

Posteraro is currently pursuing legal action against the station for sex discrimination and retaliation, claiming she became a target for reprisals after participating in an HR complaints against Bee. Management at abc27 and parent company Nexstar dispute those claims.

Giant Food Stores released the following in a statement after suspending their ads with the station:

“Following recent allegations against ABC 27’s general manager, GIANT Food Stores has decided to temporarily suspend our advertising with the station until the matter is appropriately resolved.  We are fully committed to supporting fair and safe workplace environments,” the statement said.

Capital Blue Cross had also withdrawn their advertising from abc27 in March for the same reason.

Efforts to reach officials at abc27 and parent company Nexstar for comment on Monday were unsuccessful.

In the months since Posteraro’s departure, four more female journalists — Dawn White, Carrie Perry, Megan Frank and Amanda St. Hilaire — have also left the on the abc27 news team. Each of the women made posts on social media about their departure expressing support for their female colleagues or denouncing workplace discrimination and harassment.

Posteraro and St. Hilaire were both involved in the anonymously filed HR complaint against Bee in August 2017. The document claims that Bee made frequent inappropriate comments to and about female staff members, including commenting on their weight and dress; one was referred to as a “fat pig” and another as a “mean bitch.” Read the full complaint in the link below:

 According to Nexstar Senior Executive Vice President and Regional Manager Theresa Underwood, there had been a “complete investigation” into Bee’s behavior. At a March staff meeting at abc27, staff members were told that Nexstar supported Bee and would vigorously defend him against Posteraro’s legal claim.