After a month and a half of legal battles, gay sports radio host Seth Dunlap says he has been unjustly fired.
This past Saturday, Dunlap’s attorney, Megan Kiefer, shared that her client was fired from WWL Radio at the end of October. According to NOLA.com, Kiefer accused the station and parent company Entercom of pressuring Dunlap to resign. Then when he didn’t, she says the company chose to fire him.
“The action of Entercom wrongfully terminating Mr. Dunlap has compounded his damages,” Kiefer said.
“It is truly reprehensible [the station] would be attempting to blame the victim of its own anti-LGBT culture, and they are only compounding the severe damage that Mr. Dunlap has experienced at the hands of Entercom,” Kiefer added.
This Dunlap versus WWL Radio situation first started when Dunlap wrote a post. The post was in response to Saints quarterback Drew Brees working with anti-gay Christian group Focus on the Family. Dunlap then commented on Twitter about some of the anti-gay responses he’d received. It was then that the official WWL Radio Twitter account called Dunlap a f**.
After the tweet and situation went viral, Dunlap filed a $1.85 million settlement against his workplace and also alleged an “anti-LGBT culture” at the company. In response, the company claimed that Dunlap faked the post.
Forensic information found an IP address connected to the tweet that was associated with Dunlap’s phone. While Dunlap and Kiefer reject this claim and submitted a polygraph test to prove Dunlap’s innocence, the New Orleans Police Department was brought in to investigate.
As Kiefer wrote in response to WWL Radio’s accusations:
“The results of the testing, which have a 95 percent accuracy rate, concluded that Seth was truthful during the polygraph testing, and completely exonerated Seth from any involvement in the offense tweet whatsoever.”
“It is our understanding that up to fourteen (14) Entercom employees have password access to WWL’s twitter account,” Kiefer added. “Seth is not one of the employees that had any access whatsoever to the Twitter account at the time of the offense tweet. Of note, we have requested information about whether Entercom’s employees, including the fourteen employees who have password access to WWL’s twitter account, have submitted to voluntary or mandatory polygraph testing, and Entercom has refused to respond to that request.”
The police are still investigating the situation.