New York Times chief in legal trouble over discrimination charge

New York Times chief in legal trouble over discrimination charge

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– New York Times executive boss, Mark Thompson has been charged for discrimination against two former staff.

 

New York Times chief in legal trouble over discrimination charge
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New York Times chief in legal trouble over discrimination charge

The chief executive of the New York Times newspaper, Mark Thompson has been accused of creating an environment which promotes discrimination.

New York Times chief in legal trouble over discrimination charge
Meredith Levien

Mark is not the only one in this, he has been charged alongside other top executive of the New York based newspaper, Meredith Levien.

Mark particularly is facing a multi-million dollar legal action alleging he introduced an environment rife with discrimination based on age, race and gender.

Mark Thompson who was once a director-general of the BBC, has been named in the class-action case of discrimination which was filed against him and Meredith by two black female employees in their sixties.

It alleges that paper’s ideal employee is young and white, with no family.

New York Times chief in legal trouble over discrimination charge

The two employees accuse the Times of engaging in deplorable discrimination.

Their deposition says Unbeknownst to the world at large, not only does the Times have an ideal customer (young, white, wealthy), but also an ideal staffer (young, white, unencumbered with a family) to draw that purported ideal customer.

It goes on to list a series of allegations against Mr Thompson concerning his tenure at the BBC, and accuse him of perpetuating similar discrimination there.

Mark has however not denied acknowledging ever knowing that there were too few older women broadcasting on the BBC.

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Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the New York Times Company, said in a statement that the suit contained a series of recycled, scurrilous and unjustified attacks on both Mark Thompson and Meredith Levien.

She said We strongly disagree with any claim that the Times, Mr Thompson or Ms Levien have discriminated against any individual or group of employees. The suit is entirely without merit and we intend to fight it vigorously in court.

The claimants, 62-year-old Ernestine Grant and 61-year-old Marjorie Walker, who both work for the commercial department, have revealed that they and others like them have been packaged out of the department to make way for younger, whiter employees.

New York Times chief in legal trouble over discrimination charge