By: Lucia Moses
A lawsuit charges The Dallas Morning News and its parent, Belo, of racial discrimination. The suit filed in U.S. District Court in Dallas in June alleges that black employees at the flagship newspaper are denied the same employment opportunities as whites.
The suit was brought by three black women, who claim they ? like other black employees in the inside-sales section of the Morning News’ classified advertising department ? were disproportionately penalized for absences, underpaid, and passed over for advancements while less qualified whites were promoted. The suit seeks to represent all current and former black employees.
Belo has denied the allegations.
Filing the lawsuit were Rhonda Holyfield, a receptionist who was fired in 1997; Yvette Clewis, a data-entry clerk who resigned in 1998; and Kathy Wyatt, currently a copy-control clerk at the Morning News.
They had filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which ruled that there wasn’t enough information to determine whether discrimination occurred, says Doris Piper, the plaintiffs’ lawyer.
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