A Washington Post reporter has filed a lawsuit against the newspaper and former executive editor Marty Barron alleging unlawful discrimination after she publicly said she had been the victim of sexual assault.
The reporter, Felicia Sonmez, filed the suit Thursday.
The newspaper had kept the national politics reporter from writing stories about the #MeToo movement – including ones about sexual assault allegations against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process – because she had been outspoken about being a sexual assault survivor.
The ban was lifted earlier this year, the lawsuit states, after Sonmez criticized the newspaper privately and in public over the policy. It was instituted during the tenure of Baron, who retired in February, according to CNN.
However, Sonmez’s suit alleges the ban hurt her professionally and personally, despite it being lifted. more