Ore. jurors reject claims over radio show insults

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Associated Press

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 22 at 1:02 PM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jurors in Eugene, Ore., have rejected all claims in a lawsuit filed by a former local radio personality who said he faced such intense verbal abuse on a radio program called "The Donkey Show" that he was forced to quit.

The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/bB9z88 ) the Circuit Court jury took less than two hours Thursday to reach a decision, awarding no damages to Michael Fleming.

The man alleged he was subjected to demeaning verbal abuse while serving as an unpaid co-host of "The Donkey Show" on KFLY-FM in 2011 and early 2012. He contended the on-air insults created such a toxic work environment that he feared for his safety and had to quit.

Lawyer Mario Conte represented Bicoastal Media, the company that owns the station. He told jurors that Fleming failed to show he was subjected to discrimination, was demoted or was treated any differently than anyone else who appeared on the program. Conte says insulting banter is the nature of the show.

Fleming and his lawyer declined comment after the verdict.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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