A former CBS Studios employee and Phil McGraw settled the plaintiff’s complaint that alleged the TV host — known as Dr. Phil — held about 300 staffers in a locked room and used profane language during a 2015 confrontation.
Dr. Phil seems to have scored something of a victory, as the settlement says the defendants are the “Prevailing parties.”
Lawyers for McGraw, CBS, Peteski Productions Inc. and plaintiff Leah Rothman filed a notice of settlement with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Feffer.
The lawyers’ court papers filed Sept. 13 stated that each side will bear their own costs in exchange for a dismissal of Rothman’s action with a general release of all claims. The defendants are the “prevailing parties” under the agreement.
Rothman, who filed her suit in January 2016, worked for CBS from December 2003 until April 2015. The plaintiff claimed that, while taking a day off in March 2015, she and about 300 other workers were called in and ushered into a single room, where several security officers were present. McGraw allegedly entered the room, demanded the doors be locked and ordered that the workers turn off their phones before insisting that one of them gave internal information to the media.
According to the suit, McGraw told the group that he contacted the federal government because the information was transmitted over state lines. Rothman believed the psychologist planned the event because he had cue cards in his hands, according to her suit.
Rothman said the human resources department broke a promise to follow up on when she complained. She says she was forced to quit her job due to intolerable working conditions.
–City News Service
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