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AP editor's employment law claim describes alleged discrimination

There are many people in West Virginia who are diligent and hardworking at their places of employment. Often, these workers are skilled and talented and expect to be rewarded for their efforts through pay and promotions. Unfortunately, an employee with the Associated Press has recently filed an employment law claim, arguing that she was discriminated against due to her age, gender and race.

The lawsuit claims that the woman has worked at the AP for approximately 30 years. Although she saw several years of promotions through the years, she claims that stopped in 2008 when a new bureau chief was hired. During the time of the chief's employment, she claims he created a hostile work environment by singling her out for criticism and chastising her in front of other employees. When he left the newswire a few years later, she claims the discrimination continued. Although she received a promotion, it took two years before her pay check reflected the pay increase that came with the new job title.

After the man's departure, she claims the Labor Department conducted an audit. Although she claims that someone from human resources asked her not to discuss her experiences, she informed auditors about the discrimination she allegedly experienced, and the auditors ultimately found that there was hostility in the workplace toward black workers. Unfortunately, she claims that the AP retaliated against her because of her reports, claiming that she believes it is trying to call her credibility into question within the media industry.

Unfortunately, there are employees in West Virginia who are also facing discrimination in the workplace. In many instances, the most appropriate course of action is to file an employment law claim. By doing so, employees are often able to bring awareness to a problem that most people may mistakenly believe no longer occurs.  

Source: washingtontimes.com, "Sonya Ross, AP race and ethnicity editor, sues for discrimination", Andrew Blake, May 3, 2016

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