‘New York Post’ in the clear on discrimination suits
The New York Post and attorneys representing a former employee have apparently settled a high-profile lawsuit that has dogged the paper for the past several years. And the Post has emerged victorious in a related suit by two other employees.
In the latter matter, U.S. District Court Judge Lorna Schofield has sided with the Post and its parent company, News Corp., granting defendants Dan Greenfield and Michelle Gotthelf, two Post editors, summary judgment in a discrimination complaint brought by Austin Fenner and Ikimulisa Livingston, who alleged four years ago that they faced a hostile work environment.
“There is no evidence of severe or pervasive race-based harassment," Schofield wrote in her Dec. 2 decision. "Plaintiffs have not adduced evidence to show that they were treated differently than employees outside of their protected group because of their race."
As for the other suit, in which Sandra Guzman alleged that she was harassed and fired for speaking out against a cartoon printed in the tabloid that was widely perceived as being racist, "The matter has been resolved," a Post spokesperson and an attorney for Guzman both told Capital.
Neither would elaborate. The attorney, Douglas Wigdor, also represents Fenner and Livingston, but had no immediate comment on the results of their case when reached by Capital.
"As we have maintained for four years and as the federal Court held today in no uncertain terms, their claims of a hostile work environment, disparate treatment and retaliation were completely baseless," said the Post spokesperson. "This decision represents total vindication for the Post as well as for its senior editors Col Allan, Michelle Gotthelf and Dan Greenfield, who were viciously attacked in the plaintiffs' mendacious complaint."