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JUDGE ORDERS COOPERATION IN BIAS CASE

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A federal judge on Thursday told attorneys representing a former Salt Lake television reporter and the station that fired her to cooperate with each other before her sex discrimination suit begins Oct. 23.

"I feel badly we have to have problems on this," Utah federal Judge David Sam told attorneys for KUTV Television and Jennifer Skiff, who was fired by the station in July of 1987.Sam said he was "somewhat offended" by the lawyers' claims the other side was not being forthright.

Skiff's suit filed 13 months after her dismissal said she was fired in retaliation for sex discrimination complaints she lodged against the Salt Lake station, NBC Television's Utah affiliate.

She said male reporters at KUTV were paid more than women with similar job experience and that the station promoted men over women regardless of seniority or experience.

The station, however, said Skiff was fired because her job performance was unsatisfactory.

The five-day trial will determine whether Skiff should receive back pay for allegedly receiving lower wages than male reporters and whether she was subjected to sexual discrimination.