FOX Sports golf reporter Holly Sonders is cited in an age-discrimination lawsuit against the television network filed Wednesday by another FOX reporter, Colleen Dominguez.
The lawsuit cites Sonders, 28, as a “younger female reporter” who is “less experienced than Dominguez” and is “given assignments instead of Dominguez,” who is 54.
Sonders covered golf at the Golf Channel from 2011 to 2014 before signing with FOX in advance of the network taking on broadcasting duties for the U.S. Open and several other USGA events. Sonders then transitioned to NFL coverage at FOX.
In the lawsuit Dominguez alleges that “[Sonders] has no experience with the NFL, yet FOX has assigned Sonders to cover the 2015 NFL season. Dominguez is not receiving any NFL assignments although she has substantial experience covering the NFL.”
When reached by GOLF.com, Sonders declined to comment about the lawsuit.
Sonders handled post-round interviews for FOX at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, but was “reassigned” to a slightly different role before the U.S. Women’s Open. Then, in September, Sonders made her NFL debut covering a Week 3 game between Tampa Bay and Houston.
According to Sonders’ bio on foxsports.com, Sonders has televison experience in soccer and golf. There is no mention of football.
Dominguez also alleges in the lawsuit that she landed an interview with four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, but FOX declined to approve the interview, as well as another one with San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, on the grounds that “those interviews would ‘muddy the waters’ for FOX’s other reporters.”