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Post Faces Another Discrimination Suit

nypost126.jpgIt 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.

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New York Post Hit With Second Discrimination Suit

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New York Post senior reporter Austin Fenner was fired from the paper on November 9, the same day that a former colleague, Sandra Guzman, filed a discrimination suit against the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper. This week, Fenner, who is black, leveled his own allegations against the Post, filing suit yesterday is U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

And there is more of a connection between Fenner and Guzman, who was let go from the Post in October months after speaking out against a controversial cartoon portraying a dead chimpanzee in reference to President Barack Obama‘s stimulus plan. Fenner also spoke out about the racist implications of the cartoon, which ran in the Post in February.

Using the same attorneys as Guzman, Fenner has produced a 27-page complaint against the paper claiming the paper’s editors used “Jim Crow”-era tactics to keep him from entering the newsroom after he spoke out against the cartoon.

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Stimulus Tracker|Post Lays Off Black Reporter|Hearst Stockpiles $1B|Supreme Court Justice Censors High School Paper|Shafer Calls Murdoch’s Bluff

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WebNewser: MSNBC.com and Onvia have teamed up to launch The Stimulus Tracker, which monitors Stimulus-funded projects across the country.

Huffington Post: One day before fired New York Post editor Sandra Guzman filed a suit against the paper, the Post let another minority staffer go, black reporter Austin Fenner.

New York Post: Hearst Corp. may have $1 billion war chest.

New York Times: After speaking at New York City private school Dalton, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, “widely regarded as one of the court’s most vigilant defenders of First Amendment values,” insisted on reviewing a copy of any story written by the school paper before it ran.

Slate: Jack Shafer takes down Rupert Murdoch. “Murdoch is simply jawboning. Three months ago he promised that News Corp. would start charging for its newspapers by June 2010. Now he doubts that the company will hit that mark. In typical Murdochian fashion, he’s sowing confusion and harvesting bewilderment.”