Split Verdict in Lawsuit Against Scripps Station


A former KHSB Reporter filed a lawsuit against the station and on Friday, the jury reached a verdict.

She won and lost in the case.

A federal jury returned a verdict in a trial involving Scripps and former KSHB Reporter Lisa Benson.

Benson’s lawsuit, filed in December 2016, made four claims against Scripps, including two instances of retaliation and two instances of discrimination.

In the verdict, the jury sided with both Scripps and Benson in their ruling. The jury ruled in favor of Scripps in the two instances of discrimination. The jury ruled in favor of Benson in the two instances of retaliation. The jury awarded Benson a total of $201,000 as part of the decision.

“As has been made clear during this trial, KSHB is committed to the highest standards of journalistic and organizational integrity," Scott McIntyre, an attorney representing Scripps, said in a statement. "While the station had hoped for a swift resolution of the claims, we appreciate that the jury affirmed our actions had nothing to do with race. We are confident that future litigation will continue to reinforce our commitment to diversity and inclusion."

“We’re glad to get a verdict,” said Marty Meyers one of Benson’s lawyers “We felt strongly that they retaliated and the jury agreed with us.”