In our latest Sound Off Louisiana feature, we continue illustrating examples of agencies of the State of Louisiana being sued for either employee/contractor retaliation or whistle blowing. Our latest feature outlines the alleged actions of Beth Courtney, President and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB):
Sound Off Louisiana’s founder, Robert Burns, narrates the highpoints of litigation filed by Dr. Ellen Wydra against LPB entailing allegations of discrimination and retaliation on the part of Beth Courtney, President and CEO of LPB, a taxpayer-subsidized Louisiana broadcasting network.
Supporting Documentation and Links:
1. Wydra’s lawsuit filed on November 5, 2010.
2. Addendum to Wydra’s lawsuit filed on January 25, 2017.
3. Article entailing alleged whistle-blower and former LPB award-winning reporter Jeff Duhe‘ outlining extensive nepotism involving Courtney and her husband, Bob (formerly assistant news director and capitol correspondent for WBRZ Channel 2 in Baton Rouge).
4. The Louisiana Board of Ethics’ assessing of $10,000 in fines against Courtney Communications and Beth Courtney entailing the ethics violations referenced in # 3 above.
5. Another Duhe’ related article exposing Courtney’s apparent frequent use of profanity (including the “f word” — see paragraph 10) and totalitarian rule when addressing her underlings.
6. Beth Courtney’s presentation to the Baton Rouge Rotary Club on May 22, 2013 at Boudreaux’s in Baton Rouge.
Wydra’s lawsuit is assigned to 19th JDC Judge Tim Kelley, and it is scheduled to commence on September 18, 2017 (though Courtney reportedly wants all of those details kept “hush-hush”). Assuming no settlement is reached before that time, Sound Off Louisiana will certainly attend and alert our viewers as to the outcome.
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