Catt Sadler May Sue E! News Over Salary Gap: ‘It Is Unlawful To Discriminate’

Catt Sadler made headlines when the former E! News host learned that her male co-host was earning nearly double her salary, which ultimately led her to quit her job in protest.

Sadler spoked with Maria Menounos (who also left E! last year) on her Sirius XM radio show, and hinted that she may be contemplating taking legal action against the network.

“By the way, there is something called… the [equal] pay act,” Sadler told Menounos, reports People. “It is unlawful to discriminate, it is sexual discrimination, so you better believe that people are going to say on record what protects them in a certain, particular instance.”

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“Wait, so are you suing E! for this?” Menounos asked. “Because you can.”

“Not today,” Sadler responded.

Replied Menonous: “But you might? You have a year, right? Or something like that?” Sadler, however, did not offer any additional information about if or when she might be taking her former employer to court.

Sadler wrote about her experience on her website, explaining how she learned of the glaring disparity between her salary and that of male co-host Jason Kennedy.

“More recently, when E! reached out to renew and extend my deal, I learned that he wasn’t just making a little more than I was. In fact, he was making close to double my salary for the past several years,” she wrote.

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She admits she wasn’t expecting to become a rallying point for women who, like her, were fed up for earning less money for doing the same job as male colleagues, and she found herself garnering support from such stars as Jessica Chastain and Amber Tamblyn.

In addition, several female stars — including Debra Messing and Eva Longoria — made a point of calling out the E! gender gap during red carpet interviews with the network.


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