Washington Post reporter sues paper and former editor Marty Baron, alleging discrimination after she publicly disclosed sexual assault


The reporter, Felicia Sonmez, had beforehand stated that she had been prohibited from overlaying tales about sexual misconduct as a result of she had been outspoken about being a sexual assault survivor herself.

As a nationwide politics reporter, the ban had saved her from writing tales about how the #MeToo motion had upended politics, such because the allegations in opposition to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh throughout his affirmation course of.

The ban was finally lifted earlier this yr, the lawsuit stated, after Sonmez criticized the newspaper each privately and in public over the coverage. It was instituted in the course of the tenure of former Executive Editor Marty Baron, who retired from the paper in February.

But, whereas The Post did carry its ban on her capability to write down tales on sexual misconduct points, Sonmez’s lawsuit stated that extreme injury had already been carried out.

The lawsuit alleged that she had suffered “economic loss, humiliation, embarrassment, mental and emotional distress, and the deprivation of her rights to equal employment opportunities.”

“At various times, Ms. Sonmez became severely depressed, developed intense anxiety and received treatment from therapists and psychiatrists who she continues to see today,” Sonmez’s lawsuit stated, including that she was additionally prescribed anti-depressant medicine that she continues to take.

“She also experienced physical pain, including severe pain in her jaw from grinding her teeth at night,” the lawsuit continued, saying she “eventually developed temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder” due to the actions taken by The Post and its editors.

As a outcome, the lawsuit stated, she “had to undergo two oral surgery procedures to relieve the pain in her jaw.”

Sonmez filed her grievance within the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She named as defendants The Post and Baron in addition to Managing Editor Cameron Barr; Managing Editor Tracy Grant; National Editor Steven Ginsberg; Deputy National Editor Lori Montgomery; and Senior Politics Editor Peter Wallsten. Spokespeople for The Post didn’t instantly have any remark. Baron declined remark.

Sonmez stated in an announcement to NCS Business that she believed “survivors of trauma, including sexual assault, deserve the full support of their newsrooms.”

“They should never have to fear that they will be punished, silenced or barred from doing their jobs because of what was done to them,” she stated.

The man who Sonmez says assaulted her has denied the allegations and stated the encounter was consensual.

The lawsuit from Sonmez asks for compensatory and punitive damages in addition to a everlasting injunction ordering The Post and its editors to “take all affirmative steps necessary to remedy the effects of the illegal, discriminatory and retaliatory conduct described” within the lawsuit.

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