People’s Only Black Editor Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against Magazine

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    Tatsha Robertson (pictured), the only African American senior editor at People magazine, was fired back in May.  Now, in a recently filed lawsuit, the journalist is claiming that the long-established, New York City-based Time Inc. brand engaged in on-the-job discrimination and general racial bias towards Blacks, reports the New York Daily News.

    According to Robertson, out of the 110 employees at the magazine, a mere five are Black.  When Robertson jumped from the Time Inc. publication, ESSENCE, the monthly magazine for Black woman, to People back in 2010, she alleges in the suit that she was subjected to subpar treatment from the magazine’s then executive editor, Betsy Gleick.

    “You need to talk like everyone else here. You’re not at Essence anymore,” Gleick is quoted in the suit as saying.

    The suit also alleges that Gleick purposely omitted Robertson from crucial staff meetings and blocked her from reporting on African American centered stories.  When Robertson pitched a story about a Black model who had been murdered, she alleges that Gleick derogatorily referred to the woman as looking like a “slut” and pointedly informed her there was no interest.  “You know the rule — White suburban women in distress,” she said, according to the suit.

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