Target: KTBS-TV Station Manager George Sirven
Goal: Convince KTBS-TV that they made a mistake when they fired an employee for standing up for themselves.
After responding to a racist remark made about her hair on Facebook, meteorologist Rhonda Lee was fired from her job at KTBS-TV. The Louisiana based ABC affiliate could not even tell Rhonda what she did wrong because according to them, she didn’t break a written rule, but one that was discussed in a meeting she didn’t attend. The Facebook post in question was made by a person named Emmitt Vascocu, who wrote the following: “the black lady that does the news is a very nice lady.the only thing is she needs to wear a wig or grow some more hair. im not sure if she is a cancer patient. but still its not something myself that i think looks good on tv. what about letting someone a male have waist long hair do the news.what about that (cq).”
Rhonda decided to respond to Emmitt’s post, though in a very polite and mature way. She wrote him a message that explained several things, clarifying that she was not a cancer patient and that she enjoys the short hair style she has. She also said that America is not about conforming to the most popular way of doing things. Rhonda ended the message by thanking Emmitt for watching the station and wished him a good weekend.
After her employers found out, Rhonda was fired immediately. She met with her manager who could not come up with a reason for why she was fired. Rhonda has said that she has been discriminated against since beginning the job, and this is just the culmination. Sign this petition to tell KTBS-TV that what they did is wrong and that they should offer Rhonda her job back.
Dear George Sirven,
Recently, your station, KTBS-TV, fired meteorologist Rhonda Lee. She was apparently fired for responding to racist criticism made about her on Facebook. However, when meeting with her, your station could not describe the specific rule she broke.
As an employer, you should stick up for your workers and stand behind them when they are attacked. Rhonda wrote a very elegant letter to the man who made racist remarks about her hair, yet apparently that was crossing the line. You should be proud to have employees who act so mature and polite, even when hateful and racist remarks are made about them.
You and your station made a mistake by firing Rhonda. Just from reading the response she wrote on Facebook, it is clear that she is someone you were lucky to have at your station. Admit you were wrong, apologize for your decision, and offer Rhonda her job back.
[Your Name Here]