FCC proposes $20,000 fine for Maryland licensee over multiple EEO violations

By Dru Sefton

The Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission is appealing a proposed FCC fine of $20,000 for multiple violations of its Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) rules, reports Broadcasting & Cable.

In a Notice of Apparent Liability, the FCC contends that the pubcasting commission, the licensee of Maryland Public Television, broke several rules between June 2008 and May 2010 by failing to provide notification of 11 full-time vacancies to an organization that had requested that information. The agency also said that those failures “reveal a continuing lack of self-assessment” and that the Maryland licensee “provided incorrect factual information” to the FCC regarding the situation.

“We believe it was an overreaction to a minor clerical error, and we are appealing the notice,” said Andrew Levine, general counsel of Maryland Public Television.

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