No uggos are allowed to work at NBC.
Or, at least, that’s what one former employee is claiming in a new lawsuit against the Peacock Network. Uh oh.
According to the complainant, named Stephanie Belanger, a recruiter contacted her for a position as an audio-visual coordinator and specified that NBC “specifically asked for good-looking employees.” Oh, and the said recruiter requested photos of Miz Belanger before even approving her for an interview.
In fact, Stephanie says the hiring professional asked to send “her Facebook/Instagram profile to NBC before she could be interviewed.” What the hell?? That’s so messed up.
Sadly, the lawsuit (which was filed at the Manhattan Supreme Court) only gets worse as the 25-year-old has also made claims of disability discrimination, sexual harassment, and termination in retaliation for complaining. Oof.
Belanger has called out one superior in particular, an employee named John Carleo. Allegedly, Carleo called Stephanie “a whore,” boasted about having “the hottest coordinator in the office,” and even called himself her “boyfriend with no benefits.” So despicable.
As a form of harassment, John would make reservations for dinner with a date and force Stephanie to fix his shirt for the outing. Belanger’s superior supposedly told her that he had to fire her or his girlfriend would break up with him. Maybe that dude’s girlfriend should just breakup with him regardless??
To make matters worse, NBC did nothing about Stephanie’s many complaints. However, we aren’t entirely shocked to hear this, especially after hearing how they handled her seizure disorder. Per the filing, the young professional revealed that she had two seizures at work due epilepsy and was put on medication which caused some “emotional outbursts.”
After suffering from a second seizure, the network demoted the young woman and slashed her salary. Oh man.
While Stephanie hasn’t released an official statement, her lawyer did tell the New York Post:
“NBC wanted good-looking employees, and she’s a very pretty girl…Why would that be anything you would ask of someone you want to work there? Why is that on your radar at all?”
Those are excellent question. NBC, we’re here when you’re ready to answer…