Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Ross Gentile files suit against SIUE

The Edwardsville Intelligencer has published an article detailing a lawsuit brought by Ross Gentile, the longtime host of the "Standards in Jazz" program on WSIE (88.7 FM), against Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, which operates the radio station.

The article by the Intelligencer's Steve Horrell says Gentile alleges that "for more than a decade the university’s Board of Trustees intentionally misclassified his employment status to keep from paying him pension, health insurance, vacation, holidays and other benefits."

Gentile started at WSIE in 1993; he has had some health problems in recent years, and was let go this past April as the station began a series of cutbacks that eventually resulted in the elimination of all of its local on-air hosts. The suit filed in Madison County Circuit Court asks for Gentile to be reinstated with benefits and back pay, as well as unspecified financial damages.

You can read the entire article online here.

(Edited 12/9/09 to fix typos.)

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