The former publisher of the Los Angeles Times magazine filed a lawsuit with the L.A. County Superior Court against the Tribune Company, seeking $13 million in damages for wrongful termination, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and violation of business and professions code Reuters reported on September 16, 2011. Steven Gellman said in the suit that shortly after taking over as publisher, he received complaints from customers in low-income and “demographically minority neighborhoods” that they were not receiving the magazine despite still paying the full subscription price.
According to Reuters, Gellman also claims he witnessed sexual harassment but “defendants launched personal attacks against Plaintiff’s character and work habits in an attempt to isolate him from the other employees and weaken his position as publisher of the magazine” after he tried to contact Human Resources. Gellman was later fired for “damaged relationships, inability to manage his direct reports, and poor revenue,” Reuters said. Gellman claims those explanations were false as he received bonuses for hitting revenue targets, and he told Reuters he thinks he was fired both for inquiring into the “unethical distribution” of the magazine and also for accusing colleagues of sexual harassment.
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