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From the Fox29 newsroom: Anchor loses on reverse bias

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A white news anchor at the Fox29 television station in Philadelphia has lost a long-simmering reverse discrimination lawsuit that began in 2007 when he was fired for using the N-word during a production meeting called to discuss a news story on the use of the racial slur in society.

Recent case: Thomas, a white man, uttered the slur during a discussion on whether white people are barred from using the term, while black people may use it. He was terminated after some black employees objected.

Thomas sued, alleging that during the investigation of his usage, a black employee used the full word three times in an email explaining what had transpired, including once in capital letters. A jury ruled that the co-worker’s use of the term did not matter, and ruled in the TV station’s favor. (Burl­­ing­­­ton v. News Corporation, No. 09-1908, ED PA, 2015)

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