It seems that The New York Post has become somewhat of a target for employee discrimination suits of late. The latest, filed last week in federal court in Brooklyn, has been brought by longtime Post photographer Mary McLoughlin against the city tab.
McLoughlin, who worked at the paper from 1976 until taking disability leave last year, claimed she was discriminated against because of her age and injuries that she sustained while on the job, which limited her ability to complete certain assignments and travel for her job. She also alleged that she was discriminated against because of her sex, and treated differently from her male counterparts. The complaint also names her boss, photo editor David Rentas, as allegedly perpetuating the harassment.
“While she has worked feverishly to adhere to the new requirements placed upon her, it is clear that her younger counterparts are favored by Mr. Rentas and she is being asked to do more than others while she is being treated in a disparate way due to her age and gender,” the complaint states.
McLoughlin further claims that what she was subjected to was the result of an “atmosphere of sexism and ageism” at the Post. Executive photo editor David Boyle even “hired what is widely considered a ‘harem’ of young women to work in his office as executive assistants,” the complaint said.
After being subjected to alleged assaults and harassment from Rentas, McLoughlin said she was forced to take disability leave and seek psychiatric care. She is still on leave today and is seeking lost compensation and damages, as well as an order prohibiting the Post from any sort of retaliation.
Last year, the paper faced two similar discrimination suits, from fired editor Sandra Guzman, who claimed racial and sex discrimination and senior reporter Austin Fenner, who was let go from the paper after publicly complaining about the Post‘s infamous chimpanzee cartoon last year.
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