New York Times boss sued over alleged ageist, racist and sexist hiring practices

Mark Thompson, the chief executive of the New York Times and former director-general of the BBC, is facing a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit alleging that he introduced a culture of “deplorable discrimination” based on age, race and gender at the newspaper.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of two black female employees in their sixties in New York on Thursday, claims that under Thompson’s leadership the US paper of record has “become an environment rife with discrimination”.

The class action lawsuit, seen by the Guardian, alleges that the Times, which promotes its liberal and inclusive social values, preferentially favours its “ideal staffer (young, white, unencumbered with a family)” at the expense of older female and black employees.

  • BillyHW

    Women should be allowed to vote just as soon as they are lining up to die at the bottom of a coal mine.

  • Clausewitz

    Ageist, sexist, and racist. Sounds like the Peel School Board. White men need not apply, especially if you are over 50.

  • Minicapt

    Maureen Dowd: “young, white, unencumbered with a family.”


  • tom_billesley

    Isn’t NYT itself an old gray lady?

  • simus1

    Spending your life trying to peddle ad space in the new york slimes to the usual suspects can’t be a satisfying or respectable long term job.

    Hope “the girls” win big and live large.

  • roccolore

    The New York Times (of what is left of it) accuses people of racism all the time.