Employee Sues ‘Newsday,’ Tribune for $60 Million

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By: Jennifer Saba

An editorial employee of Newsday in Melville, N.Y., has sued the paper and parent Tribune Co. in federal court for $60 million, E&P has learned.

Nancy Ruhling, 47, filed the suit on June 14 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. She claims employment-based discrimination, retaliation for having complained of discriminatory conduct, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. E&P received a copy of the filing this week.

Spokespersons for both Newsday and Tribune Co. declined to comment.

Ruhling, who has worked for Newsday since 1984, starting as an assistant editor, alleges her supervisor sexually harassed her after her first six months on the job. According to court papers, Ruhling reported the incident to the appropriate persons within the company. As a consequence of her actions, Ruhling claims that over the years she had been overlooked for assignments and promotions and that Newsday refused to accommodate her schedule so she could seek treatment for repetitive stress injury. She also claims she had been transferred and “subjected to an ongoing barrage of discriminatory and retaliatory actions” since not accepting a buyout offer in 2002.

According to her attorney, Louis D. Stober Jr., Ruhling is still employed on the paper’s features desk.

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