Sheila L. Brown, owner of Vision Multimedia Group and operator of WUFO 1080AM and Power 96.5 FM, released the following statement regarding news that a nearly $500,000 religious bias suit settlement against the station from an ex-employee.
“In reference to the article in the February 15 Buffalo News, this surprise judgement was made in default and the Judge’s ruling was based on a technicality that wasn’t due to any wrongdoing of Vision Multimedia Group.
“As the owner and operator of this heritage station, I know full well that the workplace has to be a safe space for people of all genders, faiths, creeds and sexual preferences. I pride myself in having a very diverse team that flourishes in a work environment where everyone and every idea is respected and valued.
“Our lawyers are reviewing the decision and are gathering information to help us determine our next steps.”
Mrs. Brown is the first African-American woman to own a radio station in Western New York. This year the “legendary WUFO” is celebrating its 60th anniversary of on-air service to Western New York and the African American community.