Thursday, October 26, 2006
Kimberly Ososio, canned from her job as an editor at The Source magazine, portrayed the magazine's offices as a "raunched-out workplace where executives watched porn, smoked pot and called female employees "b------."
An attorney for the magazine admitted that coarse and profane language was common there but said it was aimed at all parties, "not a gender-specific conduct". A jury agreed with Osorio's claim that she was sacked for complaining about sexualized goings-on; she also complained of defamation, but lost on sexual discrimination and harassment counts. (Jose Martinez, "Hip-hop mag bagged", New York Daily News, Oct. 24).
The magazine already faces bankruptcy proceedings due to other business problems. (Leonard Greene, "Editor's New 'Source' of Woe", New York Post, Oct. 25; Peter Carlson, "Hip-Hop Editor Wins Suit Over Her Firing", Washington Post, Oct. 25; Joshua Rhett Miller, "Ex-Source editor hopes ruling redefines rap", Metro New York, Oct. 25).
BTW, in case you are wondering, the verdict was for $15 million dollars. Now that is some serious bling-bling.