Daystar Sued Again for Sexual Harassment/Another Cover-Up by Joni Lamb
From Dallas Morning News: Daystar, the Bedford-based Christian television network, faces another lawsuit from a former employee, this one claiming sexual harassment.
Jennifer Falcon alleges that her supervisor, Bill Trammell – father of network co-founder Joni Lamb – inappropriately touched her, often spoke to her “about sexual things” and once told her he “wanted to be a husband to her until she found one.”
Falcon’s petition, filed in federal court, says she tried to get a transfer but couldn’t afford to quit, as a single mother.
“Daystar lawyers are in receipt of and have reviewed the petition and vigorously deny these outrageous allegations,” the network said in a prepared statement.
“Further, any and all employment claims by the plaintiff are barred by an enforceable termination release agreement, which she voluntarily signed and for which she gladly received benefit.”
Falcon’s suit says she was fired in February 2010 and signed a waiver of claims under duress, having heard from a Daystar executive that she would lose her benefits if she didn’t.
Daystar was founded by Marcus and Joni Lamb, a husband-and-wife team who built it into the second largest Christian network, broadcasting to more than 200 countries.
In November, the Lambs acknowledged on a live Daystar broadcast Marcus Lamb’s past adultery with a former employee. They said their marriage had been restored but alleged a $7.5 million extortion attempt by three other former employees represented by Dallas lawyer James Fisher.
The Lambs claimed Fisher said if the money wasn’t paid he would expose the adultery story to the media. Fisher said he merely went to Daystar lawyers, seeking a settlement.
Bedford police quickly dropped an investigation into the extortion claim.
Fisher filed a suit in state district court on behalf of Jeanette Hawkins, a former Daystar marketing executive who claimed she was fraudulently hired to work in a Christian environment by Marcus Lamb and the female executive with whom he was having the affair.
Daystar filed a countersuit against Hawkins, Falcon and another former employee, claiming they tried to extort the network.
Fisher represents Falcon in her federal court suit, which also says she was defamed by the extortion allegation.
Daystar’s statement called the defamation claim “equally preposterous” to her others.
Entire lawsuit can be read here: http://media.nbcbayarea.com/documents/daystar-lawsuit-021611.pdf
From me: It’s time the network repented and came clean. It’s time for stubbornness to end and contrition to begin. This has got to stop. Joni and Marcus, it’s time to step down, put the network into other hands, and get back on the narrow road. Take a sabbatical so you can get right with God. Your network and staff are corrupted because you corrupt the Word of God. How? By letting con artists on the air, con artists who scam the flock out of their money. Enough.