Daily Archives: November 22, 2009

Former Washington Times editor files discrimination complaint with EEOC

Richard Miniter, the former editorial page editor and vice president of opinion for the Washington Times, has filed a discrimination complaint with the EEOC against the newspaper.

Miniter alleges that he was “coerced” by company executives into attending a Unification Church religious ceremony last December that he deemed “creepy.”  The Washington Times is owned by officials of the Unification Church.

Miniter claims that he “was made to feel there was no choice” other than attending the religious ceremony if he wanted to keep his job.  He also said that Washington Times executives gave him “examples of people whose careers at the Times had grown after they converted” and became followers of the Unification Church.

Miniter, a former Wall Street Journal editorial writer and author of several books, was fired unexpectedly in September.  He also filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of age and disability discrimination while employed with the Washington Times.

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ESPN baseball analyst Steve Phillips accused of harassing 22-year-old assistant Brooke Hundley

Brooke Hundley, the 22-year-old former ESPN production assistant who was fired together with baseball analyst Steve Phillips after their affair became public in October, claims that she was threatened and suffered harassment by Phillips.

Hundley told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she did not stalk Phillips, as he has alleged, and that she is the victim in this controversial incident.  Hundley said, “I was in a situation where I felt like if I didn’t do what was asked of me, then everything I had worked for, for the past six years, everything I had done to establish myself as a successful media professional, could be gone like that.”

In August, Hundley filed for a restraining order against Phillips, claiming that he threatened her career and her reputation, and told her that he could get her fired if she didn’t keep the affair a secret.  She later withdrew the restraining order request.

In 1998, Phillips took a brief leave of absence as general manager of the New York Mets after being sued for sexual harassment.  Phillips admitted to having consensual sex with the woman, Rosa Rodriguez, and he admitted to having several additional affairs, but he denied sexually harassing Rodriguez.  The civil suit was settled out of court.

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