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Montel Meets the ADA: CBS’ Defense Not Ready For Prime Time

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I just don’t get it. What don’t employers understand about the laws that protect disabled workers? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been in place for almost 20 years and was expanded this year to create even broader protections. If employees know their rights, and courts know them too, why don’t employers? Let’s see how a talk show ended up in the middle of a big courtroom drama …


Case in Point: Erin Primmer began working as a television producer for CBS’s Montel Williams Show in 2005. She was responsible for pitching new show ideas, writing show scripts and briefing both guests and Williams prior to the show.

Primmer never heard any major critiques of her performance from supervising producers. In fact, an executive producer wrote that Primmer’s 2005 performance was so good that her “prospects for continued employment and advancement are excellent.” Subsequently, her contract was renewed for ...(register to read more)

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DrStillStanding September 17, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Excellent, excellent, excellent, article, Mindy!

On the other hand where were Montel’s human resources people?

Thank you for posting this to your blog, very timely article. (This article should be given to all management professionals each quarter to ensure they know about the ADA and the costs associated with NOT knowing the ADA).

Very Sincerely,

Dr. C. :)


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