“Mancow” Files Lawsuit Against his Former Boss
Michael J. Young is representing Erich Muller, the radio personality and Chicago-based shock jock known as “Mancow,” in a lawsuit for emotional distress, which has been filed against his former boss, Marv Nyren. Muller was prompted to file the suit when his current employer, Cumulus Media Chicago, hired Nyren as a radio executive.
Nyren was Muller’s supervisor when he hosted “Mancow’s Morning Madhouse” on WKQX-FM 101.1. Nyren fired Muller from WKQX and then proceeded to diminish Muller’s reputation in order to prevent Muller from acquiring another job in radio. Muller alleges that during his time at WKQX, Nyren would request after-hours meetings with Muller at locations with “suggestive settings” and that Nyren’s “actions and mannerisms” made Muller uncomfortable. Muller refused to continue attending these meetings and was subsequently fired.
The manner of Muller’s firing, which included “outright laughter,” suggested that the action was taken for “personal retribution.” Following Muller’s departure, advertisers were sent “raw, spoiled rotten and bloody meat,” representing Muller as a “dead cow,” and a lewd on-air skit was broadcast celebrating Muller’s termination. The nature of Muller’s firing and Nyren’s actions surrounding the termination led to a lawsuit filed by Muller in 2007, which settled in 2011.
Muller alleges that Nyren withheld relevant information, including the previous lawsuit Muller filed against Nyren, and misrepresented his relationship with Muller, stating that the two had a “great working relationship,” when he acquired the job with Cumulus. Following Nyren’s hiring, Muller has “suffered both physically and emotionally,” and has sought medical attention as a result of the position he finds himself in following Nyren’s hiring.
Muller has expressed his intentions to fulfill his contract with Cumulus and has stated that he is happy in his current job with the station.
Michael J. Young is an attorney in Westchester, Illinois. Contact our office at 708-410-0090 for a free, no obligation case review.