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Dumped because of gender and race

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by top of the world ma!, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. Looking for insights here, people.

    Longtime freelance job that I've had and held with quality work now is telling me that I'm being dropped because they want to use a diversity journalist in that spot. Same freelance status, same pay, but since I'm not female or minority, I'm out.

    What should I do? Shrug and move on, or raise a little hell -- if that even would be possible?
  2. I can't believe they actually told you that was the reason!
  3. pallister

    pallister Guest

    ... will not end well, etc., etc.
  4. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Yeah. That's a bit odd.
    Being a freelance postion, it doesn't count toward any number.
    It would be a change for appearance only.
  5. There is something peversely honest about admitting it, I suppose. They could have lied or made up reason.

    Appearance, definitely. And maybe an editor's agenda in throwing work toward a PC agenda.
  6. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    Is that legal, even toward the dominant race/gender? I can't imagine it is.
  7. That's what I wonder. Yes it was freelance, but I did the job for several years. And there are witnesses to the stated reason for change.
  8. Anyone else smell Boots on this thread?
  9. Cansportschick

    Cansportschick Active Member

    If you are unionized, I would raise a bit of hell via your union rep. I am not sure that is a basis to get the heave ho, especially since it is race/gender involved. At any rate, if it happened to be on that basis, I would tactfully fight for my job, especially if I liked it.
  10. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    It does have about it the astringent whiff of the fictional, doesn't it?
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Yes. it does. However what's on the boots, smells more...
    However, if it isn't boots, sue the piss out of them.
  12. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Freelancers are unionized?
    And I'll tell you where the lawsuit would end. At the $10k retainer.
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