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Larry Conners Says He Has A Job Offer in St. Louis Broadcasting, KMOV-TV Is Blocking Him

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Larry Conners.
Fired KMOV-TV (Channel 4) anchor Larry Conners has a job offer in St. Louis broadcasting -- but he's unable to accept it.

So says Conners in his latest update on his ongoing legal battles with his former bosses, who fired him after controversy erupted over his public Facebook post questioning whether he might be a target of the IRS. (That post said the agency could be targeting him because of an interview with President Obama that he claimed "caught fire and got wide-spread attention because I questioned his spending.")

The unemployed veteran newsman -- who is now freely posting editorialized commentary and personal musings on a wide range of topics -- published a Facebook post last night telling his followers that he has a local broadcasting job opportunity, but that officials with KMOV and parent company Belo Corporation are claiming he is under a "binding non-compete" agreement. That means he is blocked from working in local media, he says.

See also:
- Larry Conners Says KMOV Paid Him Less Than Vickie Newton Due to Race, Gender
- Larry Conners Talks KMOV-TV Firing, Defends IRS Facebook Post
- KMOV-TV's Larry Conners Says IRS May Have Been Targeting Him For Years

There aren't a whole lot of major revelations in his latest post, which he teased in another weekend post reflecting on the George Zimmerman verdict, but the update makes clear that he now has multiple separate disputes pending with his former company.

KMOV president Mark Pimentel tells Daily RFT this morning that he'll defer to his past comments on the matter. Most recently he told us, "We cannot continue to respond to every inaccuracy that Larry writes or puts on the radio," and "We will fight vigorously against Larry's [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] and lawsuit claims."

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Larry Conners.

KMOV officials have argued that they fired Conners solely because of the Facebook post, which they said violated the journalistic standards of the news organization. The station also pointed out that it had just a month prior signed a long-term contract with Conners, implying that it had no intention of dropping him.

Conners, however, argues that the station has a grudge against him for a past dispute, in which he alleged race and gender discrimination in his salary.

According to last night's Facebook post, the station is unfairly blocking him from accepting a new gig locally:

First, I have been offered a job to return to broadcasting in St. Louis.

I can't give details at this time, but KMOV News Director Sean McLaughlin recently insisted that Channel 4 still considers that I am under a binding non-compete.
KMOV's stance is "chilling" to any other St. Louis broadcast operation interested in hiring me.
KMOV/Belo terminated me, and yet still wants to prevent me from working in my chosen profession in St. Louis for one year.

My attorney, Merle Silverstein, is filing to stop KMOV from enforcing the non-compete so I can return to St. Louis airwaves.

At the same time, Conners says he is moving forward with an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint claiming that he was actually fired because of his age.

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Larry Conners reporting on top of the Arch.

Additionally, he says that he's testified before the National Labor Relations Board regarding KMOV's claims that he violated the station's Facebook policy. He alleges -- and this is a claim he has not publicly raised in the past -- that he had not read a "newly created policy" before the posting in question. He further claims that KMOV had not negotiated the policy as required by the union's collective bargaining agreement. Therefore, he argues, KMOV's Facebook policy "technically doesn't exist and cannot be enforced."

Conners has all along argued that his Facebook post on the IRS was not inappropriate and that his bosses were pressuring him to build a social-media presence.

He has more than 4,000 likes on his new page, where he posts all sorts of commentary on national news, including his latest post comparing the George Zimmerman case in Florida (regarding the volunteer neighborhood-watch leader who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager) to the O.J. Simpson trial.

He says of that controversial trial, "the case is over ... or should be," and "by the laws of our land ... justice has been served."

Here's the full Facebook post on his job status.

UPDATE ON MY JOB & LEGAL STATUS

I continue to be humbled by so many interested in my situation, sending best wishes, prayers and often asking: What's new?

Here is the latest.

First, I have been offered a job to return to broadcasting in St. Louis.

I can't give details at this time, but KMOV News Director Sean McLaughlin recently insisted that Channel 4 still considers that I am under a binding non-compete.
KMOV's stance is "chilling" to any other St. Louis broadcast operation interested in hiring me.
KMOV/Belo terminated me, and yet still wants to prevent me from working in my chosen profession in St. Louis for one year.

My attorney, Merle Silverstein, is filing to stop KMOV from enforcing the non-compete so I can return to St. Louis airwaves.

On another legal front, we are moving forward with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), claiming that in truth, I was fired because of my age.

I've also testified before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as to KMOV's claim that I violated its "Facebook Policy". I had not seen this newly-created policy before my posting; however, KMOV had not negotiated that policy as required by the union's Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). According to the CBA, KMOV's Facebook policy technically doesn't exist and cannot be enforced. Now, the NLRB is asking for KMOV's response.

Again, thank you for your long, loyal support.
You've expressed your support and encouragement in person, by email, by postings on my Facebook Page and the "Support Larry Conners Facebook Page" initiated by Adam Bohn.

I'm so very grateful.
You are why I want to continue my career in St. Louis.

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27 comments
James Madison
James Madison

Take the job and defy KMOV-TV to sue. Let them spend mountains of money to lose in court. Once fired, the contract becomes null and void.

Pratie Head
Pratie Head

Same thing happened to Zip Rezeppa. He couldn't take another broadcasting job because of his contract.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

So he is all butt sore about the contract that he signed has a non compete clause, something that is standard in every media contract..Yeah there goes the last bit of respect I ever had for him.

Lee Fischer
Lee Fischer

Contracts work in both directions, Larry. At the time you signed yours, you agreed with their demands to limit your future options.

Kevin Schroeder
Kevin Schroeder

He could work for the US Egg Farmers Council as a spokesman 'cause of his head!!!!!

Veggie Smith
Veggie Smith

More like working to pay his back taxes. I don't think his family is hurting for food or shelter.

Cindy Harvey
Cindy Harvey

I love Larry...especially when he made fun of kent ehrhardt on live tv

Scott Creedon
Scott Creedon

Id like to see KMOV take him to court for working to feed his family, have a home etc

John Shetterly
John Shetterly

If you get another job make sure they take enough taxes out of your check!!!!!!!!!!!!

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Do cons ever stop playing the victim?

Matthew Susick
Matthew Susick

97.1 FM Talk must have an open slot for another right-wing nutjob.

PJ Mitchell Rulo
PJ Mitchell Rulo

Check out April Simpson's page. She said, "George Zimmerman not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin.....WOW!!! "Calling on Jesus". She tried to say that she wasn't expressing her opinion but I told her that the "WOW" pretty much told us where she stood. Larry Connors was fired for stating his opinion on FB. I can only hope that the same will happen to Ms. Simpson.(hmm..i found this when I was reading people's comment's, interesting)

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

That darn Bob Romanik is up to his old tricks again.

Jim Descher
Jim Descher

So what. These types of clauses are typical in the media business. We've had enough of Larry.

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

i love larry conners. he's been a friend of the family for a long time. i hope he's able to get back on the air

Michael Hoffner
Michael Hoffner

they fired his ass...fuck em...go to work Larry STL supports you brother.

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