The New York Times CEO Mark Thompson and CRO Meredith Kopit Levien have been sued for allegedly creating “an environment rife with discrimination.”
The lawsuit, filed by former Times staffers Ernestine Grant and Marjorie Walker, claimed that under Thompson and Levien, “age, sex and race discrimination became the modus operandi at the Times.”
“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,” the lawsuit states.
In a statement to The Guardian, Times communications head Eileen Murphy dismissed the lawsuit.
“This lawsuit contains a series of recycled, scurrilous and unjustified attacks on both Mark Thompson and Meredith Levien,” said Murphy. “It also completely distorts the realities of the work environment at the New York Times. 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.”