A lawsuit brought by a former employee against Hubbard Radio’s news WTOP Washington, DC that alleged sexual harassment by a fellow staffer has been dismissed. The plaintiff’s demands had included $3 million in punitive damages.
The particularly graphic suit, filed Jan. 16 in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, outlined that Towson, MD resident Joy Pivec began working at WTOP in January 2017 as an on-air traffic reporter. During training, she was teamed with Rob Woodfork, “an experienced WTOP reporter and friend of the station's Director of Traffic and Weather Operations,” according to court papers obtained by and reported by Inside Radio in January.
Pivec’s attorney insisted that “immediately from the time she started this training, (her) hopes of a professional working relationship with Woodfork were shattered.” She made claims of a “sexually hostile working environment” that included “unwelcome touching, demeaning sexist comments, veiled threats to her employment if she did not acquiesce to his demands and graphic and vulgar language.” Pivec said she “was no longer able to cope,” despite reporting the behavior to the station’s Human Resources department, and in April 2018, she quit.
Now, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras has ordered a to-the-point, one paragraph Stipulation of Dismissal, stating, “Plaintiff Joy Pivec and Defendant Hubbard Radio Washington (WTOP Radio) agree that all claims are hereby dismissed with prejudice. The Parties further stipulate and agree that all pending motions are withdrawn.”
In the suit, Pivec was seeking quite the laundry list of demands: lost back pay, reinstatement, front pay, compensatory damages and compensation and benefits of employment she would have received, plus court costs, attorney fees, a jury trial—and a whopping $3 million in punitive damages.