Hearst, owner of WTAE, urges Wendy Bell lawsuit be tossed

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 1Aug2015

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 1Aug2015

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the story.

Hearst said Ms. Bell’s complaint should be dismissed “because it is long on speculation and accusation, but short on any factual support for those accusations.”

The motion is a routine step in such federal discrimination cases.

WTAE fired Ms. Bell, Hearst said, not because of her race but because she made “racially charged commentary in a post on WTAE’s company-sponsored Facebook page” that was “inconsistent with the company’s ethics and journalistic standards.”

The company also said several examples she cited of other employees not being punished for their behavior are not similar to her case and not relevant to what she did.

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