Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Former Editor Sues Washington Times For Religious Discrimination

On Tuesday, Richard Miniter, former editorial page editor of the Washington Times filed a complaint with the EEOC charging the Times with religious discrimination against him, as well as discrimination on the basis of disability and age. According to yesterday's Washington Post, Miniter claims that he was essentially "coerced" into attending a Unification Church religious ceremony that ended with a mass wedding conducted by Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Miniter, an Episcopalian, says he was made to feel that there was no choice but to attend if he wanted to keep his job. The Washington Times is owned by the Unification Church, but is editorially independent of it. The EEOC filing follows a major shake-up of executive personnel at the Times.