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SBS Licenses Renewed, But $20,000 EEO Penalty Levied

SBS Licenses Renewed, But $20,000 EEO Penalty Levied

The FCC issued one fine totaling $20,000 for EEO violations for Spanish Broadcasting System stations KZBA Licensing Inc., KZAB Licensing, Inc., KLAX Licensing Inc., and KXOL Licensing Inc. The stations make up “an employment unit,” the agency said, which is comprised of: KDAY(FM), Redondo Beach, Calif., KDAI (FM), Ontario, Calif., and KXOL(FM), and KLAX(FM), in Los Angeles. The two licensees of KDAY and KDAI are subsidiaries of Spanish broadcasting System, which is also the parent company of KLAX and KXOL.
The agency said the employment unit did not recruit for every vacancy, failed to self-assess its EEO efforts and relied too much on the Internet to recruit. Public file documents revealed the unit filled 54 full-time jobs but failed to recruit for 25 of those, according to the FCC. For the remaining 29 positions, the unit didn’t adequately recruit for 22 jobs.
The commission renewed the station licenses but issued reporting conditions for three years. The stations had 30 days to either pay the fines or apply to have them cancelled or reduced.