Al Jazeera America on Lawsuit: ‘The Company Takes These Matters Seriously’

By Brian Flood 

Following yesterday’s TVNewser report that a former Al Jazeera America employee has filed a $15 million lawsuit against the network, AJAM has signed on crisis firm Qorvis Communications. Matthew Luke, who was fired by AJAM in late February, claims a manager created a hostile work environment while making “discriminatory, anti-Semitic and anti-American remarks.”

Qorvis national director of public affairs Michael Petruzzello issued the following statement on behalf of AJAM:

Al Jazeera America does not comment on pending litigation. The company takes these matters seriously and will respond in the appropriate forum. Al Jazeera America’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is fundamental to its mission, and is boldly reflected throughout the company: in its staff, its leadership and its programming.

Qorvis is a Washington, D.C.-based public relations, advertising, media relations and crisis communications firm. In addition to the lawsuit, TVNewser also reported that evp of human resources Diana Lee and the evp of communications Dawn Bridges have resigned. See below for the entire lawsuit:

Matthew Luke Lawsuit