A former PEOPLE Magazine editor isn’t too happy with the publication’s treatment of employees.
One of the prior top ranking editors of the mag is currently suing the company for discrimination and being stifled in her position while in the offices.
Tatsha Robertson was the only black editor of the magazine and one of five of black employees in the entire company, and is accusing PEOPLE of being “a discriminatory organization run entirely by white people who intentionally focus the magazine on stories involving white people and white celebrities.” In fact, Tasha revealed the mag’s mantra: “You know the rule — white suburban women in distress,” adding, the magazine was only interested in stories involving “white, middle-class suburbia.”
She even stated in the lawsuit that after coming from Essence Magazine in 2010, she was told:
“You need to talk like everyone else here. You’re not at Essence anymore.”
Her lawyer also said of the case:
“The media has a responsibility to report and act with integrity. People Magazine has betrayed that responsibility by engaging in discrimination, both in its pages and through its employment practices…One can only imagine that it will be ‘business as usual’ at People Magazine going forward — more white people on covers, more stories about white people, and a completely dismissive attitude towards African-American employees.”
Read the legal documents here, and let us know what you think in the comments below.
SOURCE: NY Daily News | PHOTO CREDIT: People Magazine