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Former Weather Channel anchor sues network

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Former Weather Channel anchor-reporter Nicole Mitchell has now sued the TV network. Former Weather Channel anchor-reporter Nicole Mitchell has now sued the TV network.
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An Air Force reserve officer says the Weather Channel would not allow her to perform her military assignments and keep her job.

Former Weather Channel anchor-reporter Nicole Mitchell has now sued the TV network.  She says the ongoing scheduling dispute led to her contract not being renewed.

Mitchell says she's speaking out to shine a light on the mistreatment of veterans by some employers.

A lawsuit filed on Mitchell's behalf spells out how personnel in the Armed Forces are supposed to be protected when they also work for a private employer. She claims new management began to allegedly hassle her about time she was missing from work to keep her military assignments.

Mitchell says a manager scolded her when she chose to keep her weekend Air Force commitment instead of coming in to get her hair done.

Her lawyer, Lance Lorusso, says that at the same time the Weather Channel allegedly placed unreasonable demands on Mitchell, they also sought to capitalize on her Air Force duty of being part of the "Hurricane Hunters" crew, which flies into storms to gather weather data.

A former military man, Lynn Hogue, supported Mitchell at a news conference on Monday and issued a challenge to the Weather Channel to settle the claim.

"We had never hoped to see this day where we had to publicize their outrageous conduct and their hypocrisy in promoting an upcoming special on the Hurricane Hunters while they drive somebody out of the company who works in that program," said Hogue.

In a statement, Weather Channel company spokesperson David Blumenthal responded, "The Weather Channel is committed to creating a work atmosphere free of discrimination and in compliance with The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 ("USERRA) and its owners support that commitment. This is a commitment that we have always taken very seriously. We cannot comment on pending litigation, but as with many situations, there is more than one version of what occurred. We disagree with many of the assertions in the plaintiff's press statements and intend to vigorously defend the matter in the arbitration process."

The network spokesman declined to address specifics made by Mitchell and her team. They do say some of the statements are inaccurate.

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