Here at the Delaware Employment Law Blog, we’ve been following the Alycia Lane-Larry Mendte brouhaha since it first began to brew–before Mendte was accused of snooping through his co-anchor’s personal e-mails “hundreds of times;” before the FBI confirmed that it had swept Mendte’s home on the swanky Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, taking with them Mendte’s personal computers when they left; before he was suspended and then fired for the “e-mail situation” (though no one is quite sure what that involved). Heck, we’ve been covering this story all the way back to before Lane was terminated for embarrassing the news station where she and Mendte had been co-anchors, following her involvement in a string of high-drama, news-making scandals of her own.
There can be no dispute that the story has been as interesting as any news broadcast could hope to be. Better than that, it’s really evolved into a daytime soap opera. The ABA Journal apparently agrees. In her article, News Anchor Fired Over Alleged E-Mail Snooping That Brought Down Co-Anchor, Martha Neil reports that the involvement of the FBI in what appears to be an employment-law matter has raised some eyebrows. Assuming Mendte did, as is now alleged, install keystroke-tracking software on the station’s computers, enabling him to access Lane’s account without her permission, that still wouldn’t explain the involvement of the federal law authorities. No crime has been alleged–at least none that I can identify.
As the drama and intrigue continue to unfold, we’ll be sure to be on high alert for the criminal element of what seems to be a straightforward, albeit juicy, employment-law scenario. Just another day in the workplace.
For earlier posts on the Mendte-Lana saga, see: