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August 01, 2017

Lawsuit Alleges NBC News Creates "Toxic" Environment By Demanding Applicants Submit Photos Before Agreeing to Job Interview

It would be one thing if she were looking to be on-air "talent."

I can't believe I called TV People "on-air 'talent,'" even with the sneer quotes.

Anyway, it would be one thing if she were applying for a job where she'd appear on camera.

But she was applying to be an "audio-visual coordinator," a position which I imagine has the same stringent requirement for looks as the high school AV Club team did.

A former NBC employee claims the network blatantly looked for "good-looking employees" and asked that she submit photos before being allowed to interview.

Stephanie Belanger has filed a lawsuit against the network, claiming that NBC's focus on beauty enabled a toxic, discriminatory environment, the New York Post reported Monday.

In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Belanger alleges disability discrimination, sexual harassment, and termination after she complained.

When Belanger was first contacted for a job as an audio-visual coordinator, the recruiter told her that NBC "specifically asked for good-looking employees."

The recruiter asked her "to show her Facebook/Instagram profile to NBC before she could be interviewed," according to the lawsuit.

Speaking of women who don't look good on camera, Katie Couric and Yahoo have parted ways. PJMedia says she had been making $10 million a year, so, if I had to guess: No, I wouldn't imagine this break up was "totally mutual, I swear."

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