WABC/Channel 7 boss Camille Edwards is being accused of gender and racial discrimination.
Matthew Lamattina, a white male and weekend media manager for WABC in New York, has filed a complaint of discrimination on account of gender, race, color and retaliation with the New York State Division of Human Rights, according to the legal complaint obtained by Page Six on Tuesday.
Lamattina claims he was told in March 2017 that he had to stay in a hotel “due to the snow” so he could report to work the following day. Lamattina claims to have told Edwards he couldn’t because he was unable to find a babysitter for his child, but Edwards wasn’t sympathetic.
“I need you to be here tomorrow or it is what it is. You are either here tomorrow or you aren’t,” Edwards told Lamattina, according to the complaint.
“Are you saying I need to put my job over my children?” Lamattina replied.
“I am not saying that and if you tell anyone I said that, you would be lying,” Edwards allegedly responded.
Then, a month later, Lamattina requested off for Mother’s Day, but claims his request was denied.
“Other employees who did not belong to Matthews’ protected classes, and those who did not oppose discriminatory practices, were not treated this way,” the complaint alleges.
His daughter ended up sustaining a facial injury, so Lamattina called out sick to take care of her. He claims Edwards told him that he was “taking advantage of the sick time” after his initial request was denied and that he “should have offered to come back to work.”
Lamattina said another request for a vacation from June 2 to June 4 had been denied, and in late May, he was given a “final warning.”
The suit was filed at the end of August. Lamattina is represented by attorney David Rosenberg,
A spokesperson for WABC told Page Six on Tuesday, “We have not received a copy of this complaint, therefore can’t comment to its contents. Regardless, we prefer to litigate matters in court or before an agency, not in the press.”
As Page Six previously reported, the grieving mother of respected anchor and reporter Lisa Colagrossi, who died after a brain hemorrhage on assignment, confronted Edwards at her daughter’s memorial and said, “You worked my daughter to death.”
Witnesses said Edwards approached her heartbroken mom for a hug, but she refused her embrace, saying, “You are the reason I am standing in this church.”