Former Daystar employee files sexual harassment suit against Christian network

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Daystar, the Texas-based Christian television network, faces another lawsuit from a former employee, this one claiming sexual harassment.

The Dallas Morning News reports:

Jennifer Falcon’s suit alleges that her supervisor, Bill Trammell — father of Daystar co-founder Joni Lamb — forced her into prolonged hugs in his office, during which he would put his hands close to her breasts or buttocks.

The suit also claims he twice told her to sit on his lap, often spoke to her “about sexual things” and told her he “wanted to be a husband to her until she found one.”

Falcon’s petition, filed Wednesday in federal court, says she was afraid to report his advances to his supervisors, since they were his daughter and son-in-law Marcus Lamb. […]

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 severance benefits if she didn’t sign.

Daystar was founded by the Lambs, a husband-and-wife team who built it into the second-largest Christian television network, broadcasting to more than 200 countries.

In November, the Lambs used a live Daystar broadcast to acknowledge Marcus Lamb’s past adultery with a former employee.

Last December a former Daystar executive claimed in a lawsuit that she was pressured to participate in a cover-up of Lamb’s extra-marital affair.

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This post was last updated: Feb. 22, 2011