(AP) A former assistant managing editor at The Wall Street Journal has filed a discrimination lawsuit against publisher Dow Jones & Co., saying she was fired in November 2002 because she is African-American.
Carolyn Phillips, who worked at the Journal for more than 20 years, filed the suit Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. She claims that Dow Jones has a “pattern and practice of channeling its African-American senior staff to minority functions.”
Phillips also said in the suit she was discriminated against because she suffers from lupus and had developed uveitis, an eye disease associated with the ailment. Her suit seeks $5 million in punitive damages.
In a statement, Dow Jones spokesman Robert H. Christie said: “We cannot comment on the specifics because we do not have the complaint in hand.”
He added that the company remains committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and believes Phillips’ claims are without merit.
In addition to the Journal, New York-based Dow Jones publishes Dow Jones Newswires, Barron’s, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Dow Jones Indexes and the Ottaway group of community newspapers.