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Disney, John Ridley & ABC Hit With Discrimination & Retaliation Suit By Female Executive

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A former ABC director of development is taking the network, parent company Disney and John Ridley to court for gender, racial and economic discrimination, claiming they firing her when she complained about the alleged situation.

In a nine-claim complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court (read the filing here), Asta Jonasson says she was pink-slipped in 2022 after more than a decade at ABC after putting in writing her frequently mentioned grievances about being overlooked for promotions and underpaid.

Seeking a jury trial, Jonasson wants a variety of unspecified damages from the trio of Disney, Ridley, and ABC. (Full disclosure: Oscar winner Ridley is the co-host of Deadline’s Doc Talk podcast.) From today’s lawsuit:Throughout Ms.

Jonasson’s assignment under Ridley and IFPRPC, her salary went unchanged, and did not match pay scales for the position she was performing.

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