Allison Walzer, former editor of the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, has added a retaliation claim to a pending discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper, where she worked for 24 years.
The former editor claims the paper’s new owner, Richard Connor, refused to rehire her because of the lawsuit. Connor says the paper doesn’t have an open position.
Walzer was fired by former publisher Patrick McHugh for using a company photographer to take personal photos. Walzer claims that she really was fired because she is female and Jewish, noting that two other employees also used staff photographers for personal photos and were not disciplined. She further claims that McHugh gave thousands of dollars in free advertising to Catholic charities while never offering similar perks to Jewish charities.
Tip: Discrimination claims are all about consistency. If an employee can show you’ve been inconsistent, you may be open to a discrimination claim, however reasonable your actions.
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