Former ‘Times Leader’ Editor Files Discrimination Suit

By: E&P Staff

A former editor of the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has filed a lawsuit against the newspaper in U.S. District Court, claiming she was discriminated against and later fired because of her gender and Jewish religion.

Allison W. Walzer was editor of the paper from 1986 to 2005.

“In court papers filed April 7,” the newspaper reports today, “Walzer claims Times Leader President and Publisher Patrick McHugh fired her in January 2005 because she is a woman and because she is Jewish.

Walzer, 52, is seeking more than $150,000 in damages on each of three counts: gender discrimination, religious discrimination and violation of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.”

The court papers are available via the newspaper’s Web site.

In January 2005, the Times Leader said she had left the paper without giving a reason. But in the suit, she says she was fired on a pretext — a staff photographer took personal pictures of her children. “She claims the photographer, Clark Van Orden, is a personal friend and that the photo paper for the pictures cost less than $5,” the Times-Leader reports.

McHugh declined to comment except to tell his paper, “It would be silly for me to comment on an ongoing matter of litigation.”

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