A federal judge has dismissed race discrimination charges against the New York Post newspaper. While the judge agreed that two black reporters who sued experienced “a raucous work environment” in which bosses “yelled and cursed at reporters,” they were treated no differently than co-workers who aren’t black.
The judge said the reporters offered no “evidence to show that they were treated differently because of their race, much less of severe or pervasive race-based harassment.” In fact, the reporters conceded “that they never heard their supervisors or co-workers utter a racial epithet or make an overtly racist remark.”
The Post showed that one reporter scored poorly on his performance review and the other was moonlighting as a “mystery shopper” when she was supposed to be covering city courts.
- Race differences alone won't prove discrimination
- Humiliation, not just physical threats, can be harassment
- Document all disciplinary actions, including why and when you decided to act
- Study: Big increase in wage-Related lawsuits in '07
- When harassment escalates despite warnings and second chances, it's time to terminate