A former producer of The Joni Show has filed a discrimination suit against Daystar Television Network. Karen Thompson, who was employed by Daystar Television Network from 2002-2010 alleges disparate treatment based on gender and discrimination, and is asking for a jury trial.
The suit claimed Joni Lamb told Thompson to end her relationship with the co-worker in January 2010.
“For approximately two hours, Joni Lamb berated, belittled and harassed” Thompson, the lawsuit said.
Thompson refused and was demoted, not allowed in the studio and “was told that Joni Lamb did not even want to see her face,” the lawsuit said. Thompson was fired in March 2010.
Thompson received a high performance review from her employer. The male employee was not demoted or fired. A Daystar legal representative says that:
Thompson chose to initiate an ongoing relationship with an employee under her supervision who was 15 years younger than her. “When confronted about the inappropriate nature of this relationship, Ms. Thompson refused to break off the affair,” Androvett said. “Ms. Thompson was repeatedly told that the affair with her employee was incompatible with her leadership position and was creating further problems among her other co-workers.
Ms. Thompson also refused to see Fred and Anna Kendall for counselling (requested by Joni Lamb) because “she was aware that when other employees of Daystar had seen the Kendalls for counselling, the Kendalls had reported to Joni Lamb information that was disclosed to them in confidence during during the counselling sessions” according to the filing.
The Kendalls appeared with Marcus and Joni Lamb on the show Celebration November 30, 2010 when Lamb disclosed he’d had an ‘improper’ relationship.
This third lawsuit against Daystar is no more than local news in the Dallas area.