Former Seven News Adelaide reporter Amy Taeuber is suing Seven and her former boss Graham Archer over claims she was dismissed after she levelled a complaint against a Today Tonight colleague.
Taeuber, 27, who was sacked along with her sister Sophie after four years at the network, is seeking a year’s salary for her remaining contract, undisclosed damages and compensation for loss of earnings, other penalties, interest, costs as well as a finding that she was wrongfully sacked.
Taeuber was placed under investigation for involvement in a “satirical” website, and Facebook page, that reviewed reality television shows, including those aired on Seven. She was sacked for “serious misconduct” on July 5 after refusing to resign, and now works in radio.
Seven’s HR general manager, Davanh Inthachanh, said in a letter that “disparaging and offensive” comments were made online about network shows and workers while she had illegally used Seven pictures.
But The Advertiser reports she alleges a Facebook account was accessed and her password changed by an IP address that originated from Melbourne.
Taeuber is represented by lawyer John Laxon, who represented producer Stephen Rice in a case against Nine and previously acted for former Nine News chief Mark Llewellyn over the infamous Jessica Rowe “bone” affair and former Nine reporter Christine Spiteri.
The network and Mr Archer, Seven Adelaide’s news and public affairs director, have yet to file a defence.