Friday, August 20, 1999

Fired sports director sues WLW




        Veteran radio announcer Andy MacWilliams is suing WLW-AM (700) for firing him as sports director two years ago.

        The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, claims Mr. MacWilliams lost his job because of a physical disorder that affected his ability to speak.

        The rare disorder, spasmodic dystonia, causes the vocal chords to spasm. Mr. MacWilliams, who has covered Cincinnati sporting events for years, has suffered from the ailment for two decades.

        In his lawsuit, he claims the handicap is the only reason he lost his job. And he says Ohio law forbids WLW from firing him because of a physical disability.

        The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $25,000.

        WLW officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.

       



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