African-American Journo Sues People Magazine for Discrimination

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By Richard Horgan Comment

TrayvonMartinPeopleCoverThe discrimination lawsuit filed by former People staffer Tatsha Robertson makes a number of incendiary claims against since-departed executive editor Betsy Gleick. From the New York Daily News report:

When the magazine does put black people on its cover, they’re held to a different standard, the suit says. Although People “put Trayvon Martin on its cover, Ms. Gleick was completely obsessed with attempting to unearth any potential negative fact about him before doing so,” the suit says. “Ms. Gleick repeatedly questioned whether he was a ‘good kid,’ yet never made efforts to vet white victims of crime.”

Neither People or Gleick, who left the magazine in June, would comment to NYDN reporter Dareh Gregorian. Robertson, labeled in the lawsuit as the “only black senior editor People has ever had,” was laid off in May.

When Robertson came to People from Essence in 2010, the lawsuit alleges that Gleick told her: “You need to talk like everyone else here. You’re not at Essence anymore.” The Martin stuff sounds like a bit of a stretch, but if this other claim is correct, ouch.

[H/T: Jezebel]