There’s a storm brewing at Philadelphia Weekly between Tara Murtha and management over sexual discrimination in the workplace; and, Philly Mag blogger Andrew Thompson continues to mock the plaintiff in his comment section by making sexist jokes about the lawsuit.
Philly.com lays out the background to the lawsuit:
Tara Murtha, a senior writer at Philadelphia Weekly, has filed a federal civil suit against the paper’s publisher claiming, among things, that pictures of naked women in a co-worker’s cubicle fostered a “hostile and sexually discriminatory work environment.”
Further, the lawsuit states that there was a generally sexist atmosphere in the newsroom. On one occasion, according to the suit, a male retail account executive in advertising decorated his desk with “multiple pictures of naked and/or scantily clad women, torn from the pages of pornographic magazines and/or websites.” (emphasis added)
Murtha also alleges she was denied gas money for a trip she took for an interview, even though a male colleague was given reimbursement for a separate interview.
Then Andrew Thompson from Philly Mag proves that sexism in the workplace exists by using the comment section of his story about……sexism in the workplace.
While the gender pay gap is no doubt real — American women are paid on average 77 cents for every dollar paid to men — the complaint feels a bit strange. It’s perhaps odd, for example, that Murtha uses a co-worker’s “proud displays of pornography” as evidence of sexism at a paper that has featured American Apparel’s oft-controversial ads of scantily clad women on its back page for years — a back page that immediately followed the alt-weekly back-section mainstay of ads for adult services. And although the complaint doesn’t specify just how loud the “frat house atmosphere” of PW was, a loud newsroom is not unusual.
Murtha is demanding $150,000 in damages. Murtha did not respond to a request for comment. Review Publisher CEO Clifton declined to comment and cited the company’s policy not to discuss ongoing litigation.
After he ends his story, Thompson takes to his comments section and says:
“I actually saved a ton of money on wallpaper in my room by just using porn.”
“I apologize for not responding more appropriately to the poster accusing me of being “the type of guy to have [porn] in his own office.”
Incase the comments are edited, here’s a screenshot of the conversation.