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Jury trial begins in discrimination lawsuit filed against Scripps Media

Posted at 6:04 AM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 07:04:32-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The jury trial in former KSHB-TV 41 Action News reporter Lisa Benson-Cooper's discrimination lawsuit against the station begins Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

The case was filed two years ago in December of 2016.

Benson-Cooper's suit alleges that she faced discrimination and retaliation during the last few years of a 14-year career at 41 Action News, which began in March 2004.

According to her lawsuit, Benson-Cooper claims she was passed over for a promotion based on her race. The suit also alleges that she was a victim of retaliation because she filed the lawsuit, including one suspension and her contract non-renewal in 2018 after a social media post.

Scripps Media, which owns KSHB-TV, does not comment on pending litigation.

Opening statements are expected Monday after jury selection and the trial is expected to last two weeks.