Women on Chicago radio call a “toxic and sexist” culture

The riot over Ferguson began after Cynthia DeNicolo, a former longtime assistant producer on her show, sued the radio host in May, claiming he forced her into a sexual relationship and harassed her after it ended. His lawyers denied those allegations. McGurren later claimed in court files that she was “mentally and verbally abused, bullied, thrown into tears, yelled at, downplayed, ignored, mocked” by Ferguson. Both McGurren and DeNicolo each filed individual libel lawsuits against the station owner, Hubbard Radio Chicago, and two other women filed legal statements in support of those claims.

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