Back in 2011, we posted this story about Tom Burlington’s use of the n-word at the station around black employees which lead to his firing. He immediately filed a lawsuit on the grounds that he was unfairly terminated.
N-Word Spouting News Anchor’s Lawsuit Set To Go To Trial Soon
A racial-discrimination suit that involves use of the N-word filed by a white, former Philadelphia news anchor may finally be heading to a federal courtroom.
Tom Burlington, an award-winning TV reporter, claims he was fired by Fox29 for using the N-word — without malice — during a newsroom meeting, while black employees were not punished for using the same word at the station.
The case has been delayed multiple times. Days before it was supposed to go to trial in January 2011, attorneys for Fox successfully argued that the case should wait until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a similar case. The court ruled in favor of that plaintiff two months later, but Burlington’s suit continued to languish for four more years.
U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick, noting the case had been stalled long enough, wrote last month in a memorandum that “[w]e will not further delay its resolution by permitting ‘piecemeal review and its attendant delays and waste of time.’ ”
Should Tom’s intent, or lack of malice, play into whether or not he was rightfully terminated from his cush gig as a mediocre TV anchor?
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