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Randy Shaw, KHQ settle suit over firing

August 21, 2001

Station says ex-anchor didn’t harass female co-worker

By Kevin Blocker
The Spokesman-Review

Attorneys for KHQ-6 TV and former anchor Randy Shaw reached a settlement in a lawsuit after the television station’s investigation revealed Shaw did not sexually harass female co-workers as it first alleged.

Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The case was scheduled to go to trial before Spokane Superior Court Judge Michael Donohue next month.

Ross White, Shaw’s attorney, and KHQ-6 attorney Michael J. McMahon issued a joint statement on Monday after the settlement was reached late last week.

“KHQ conducted an investigation of certain employment-related issues regarding Randy Shaw,” the statement said.”The investigation showed neither gender discrimination nor sexual harassment by Mr. Shaw.”

KHQ-6 had alleged that Shaw – now an anchor at KREM-2 – “intentionally interfered” with the contractual relationship the station had with his one-time co-anchor Penny Daniels.

That interference, which was never specifically detailed in court documents, was a factor in Daniels’ contract being terminated by the station, KHQ’s attorneys said in court papers.

Shaw is on vacation this week and could not be reached for comment.

Shaw, probably the most popular newscaster in Spokane, was fired by KHQ on Nov. 8, 2000. His termination came a month after Daniels asked to be let out of her contract and left the station. Shaw had been an anchor at the station for more than 17 years.

In December 2000, Shaw filed a claim that said he was a victim of an orchestrated attempt “to destroy him” led by KHQ President Lon Lee and news director Patricia McRae.

In Shaw’s claim, attorneys said that during his years of employment he developed “very positive relationships” with the vast majority of those he worked for.

KHQ-6 rebutted that.

“While employed at KHQ, Shaw willfully failed to interact with co- workers and management of KHQ, in violation of the parties’ employment agreement and KHQ’s Employee Handbook,” the station claimed.

Shaw was “devastated” by the lengths to which management was willing to go to attempt to “destroy him,” Shaw’s complaint said.

Tuesday, August 21, 2001


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