There is a lawsuit brewing against Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez after her criticism of colleagues. This article explores Sonmez’s lawsuit and her firing from the Post, along with the controversy surrounding her tweeting. Read on for more information. We’ll also discuss why the Post fired her and why she’s still tweeting about it. What’s next for Sonmez? And is there hope for her career?
Lawsuits against reporter felicia sonmez
Several lawsuits have been filed against reporter Felicia Sonmez, including one in which she alleged that the Washington Post failed to protect her from sexual harassment. She claims that she was barred from reporting on stories involving sexual assault and a sexual predator after she made public comments about her personal experience with a man. The Post’s decision to ban Sonmez from reporting on stories involving Brett Kavanaugh and the #MeToo movement was made in response to her complaints.
Sonmez’s suit alleged that the ban prevented her from reporting on important stories related to Kavanaugh, including the sexual assault allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford. The ban was eventually lifted after extensive criticism of the newspaper. The suit claims that Sonmez has suffered economic loss as a result of the ban, as well as emotional distress and humiliation, as well as deprivation of equal employment opportunities.
One suit filed by Felicia Sonmez against the Washington Post, her former editor Marty Baron, and other editors, claimed that she was discriminated against for reporting on stories about sexual assault. During that time, Baron had banned the reporter from covering sexual assault stories, and her colleagues rallied around her and helped her win the case. But the lawsuit cited by the Post may not have a much wider impact in other cases, and it is unclear whether this case will change the way news outlets cover sexual misconduct.
As a result, the Washington Post has dismissed the lawsuit against Sonmez. The lawsuits against Sonmez were filed last July, and her suit was subsequently dismissed. She had named the Post’s executive editor Marty Baron and five other top editors in her suit. After the suit was dismissed, Baron thanked the legal process and said that the newspaper would “move on” from the lawsuit.
The Washington Post has been under fire for failing to protect its reporters from harassment and create an inclusive culture. The Post has denied the allegations and is facing lawsuits filed by Sonmez and her co-workers. It’s unclear if the lawsuit will succeed in proving the Post’s liability. The lawsuits will continue until the newspaper is found in violation of its policies. If the lawsuit is successful, the Post will likely pay damages to Sonmez and her co-workers.
Sonmez’s criticism of colleagues
Selena Sonmez criticized her white co-workers at The Post on Thursday, in a tweet. She implied that The Post is a good place to work if you’re blonde and paid well. She later sued the paper for discrimination, but the case was dismissed.
Sonmez’s criticism of colleagues is not limited to her work at the paper. She also has written about the paper’s sexism policies and workplace culture, which have been under scrutiny since the first day of its publication.
Since the scandal began, several prominent journalists have responded to the scandal, including The Washington Post’s owner, Jeff Bezos. Several have praised Sonmez’s efforts to promote collegiality within the newsroom, while others have mocked her criticism of her colleagues.
Jose Del Real and Lisa Rein both criticized Weigel and defended Sonmez’s work, but they both have since deactivated and reactivated their Twitter accounts.
In the days after the incident, Sonmez has continued to post about it. She has been critical of the National Editor Matea Gold. Her claims have sparked a ruckus among the newsroom staff. Sonmez has also attacked fellow journalists on social media. In January 2021, she shared a tweet about Kobe Bryant. The lawsuit was dismissed in March 2022. Sonmez’s tweet prompted a response from the Washington Post and is ongoing.
The Washington Post temporarily suspended Sonmez in 2020. She tweeted a story about Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case. Sadly, Kobe Bryant died shortly after, but she was cleared to return to her work after a Politico report, exposing her criticism of her colleagues. The Washington Post has since lifted the ban and is preparing for her return. But before that, she’s already been suspended from social media after another story criticizing her critics on The Post’s social media page.
In a separate controversy, another Washington Post reporter was suspended for 30 days without pay after retweeting a sexist joke. A month later, Weigel was suspended and a month later apologized for his tweets. In a response, Weigel called on the Washington Post to reinstate him as the reporter. She also sued the Post for limiting her coverage of stories on sexual misconduct.
Her firing by the Washington Post
After being fired by the Washington Post, Felicia Sonmez is not backing down. She continues to criticize paper leadership, alleging that the paper failed to create an inclusive culture and protect its reporters from harassment. In response to her firing, the Post’s chief human resources officer, Wayne Connell, issued an email blast containing the termination letter. Connell said that Sonmez’s actions “undermined the Post’s reputation.” Last year, the Associated Press and The Washington Post filed suit against Sonmez, alleging that she was discriminated against for being a woman, a minority, or a black woman. The lawsuit was dismissed in March. Since then, Sonmez has not commented publicly on her apparent dismissal.
Asked why the story was newsworthy, Fisher replied that “we have to do it because it’s relevant.” This argument is consistent with the Post’s editorial standards, which include relevance and accuracy. Similarly, a non-public figure’s bad acts aren’t newsworthy unless the story has been widely covered by other outlets. Moreover, the Washington Post used a professional editorial photographer to shoot the original photographs used in the story.
In an interview with the Post’s president, Jeff Bezos called Sonmez’s termination “a violation of our company’s code of conduct.” The former White House correspondent, who was fired from the New York Times, said the firing was unjustified. Sonmez’s firing is a “troubling sign,” but it is unlikely to change her professional life. In addition, it will be an example of how the Washington Post can improve its culture.
In the aftermath of Wilder’s firing, AP executives apologized for their handling of the situation. Her firing by the Post is inextricably linked to her pro-Palestinian activism. Stanford College Republicans even started a thread on her pro-Palestinian activism, claiming that she was promoting blood libel against fellow Jews. In the same vein, CNN was rattled after the Israeli military bombed the Gaza Strip office of the militant Palestinian group Hamas.
Her continued tweeting about the paper
Selena Sonmez’s fight with the Washington Post began last year when she filed a discrimination lawsuit against the newspaper. She claimed that the newspaper barred her from covering stories about sexual assault because of her gender and public status. Her lawsuit was dismissed in March, but her lawyers have vowed to appeal. Her continued tweeting about the paper has been the topic of several internal discussions in the Post. Some colleagues have begged her not to attack the paper on Twitter.
In response to the email, Sonmez responded publicly. Her fellow reporters urged her to back down from her public dissent, but she did not listen. She continued tweeting about the paper, circulating a long thread about Post leadership failures. The controversy spread to Substack posts and The View. She is now out. The Post has also been criticized for the way it handled the scandal. While Sonmez may not have been able to stop her tweeting, the scandal has left The Post with a damaged reputation.
The lawsuit was filed after Buzbee had been appointed executive editor of The Washington Post for a year. She filed the suit claiming the Post had harmed her professionally and morale after publicly disclosing her experience of sexual assault. After being suspended from her post assignment and Me Too beat, the Post also removed her from coverage of Brett Kavanaugh hearings. Sonmez argued that the Post had a discriminatory motive in taking action against her. Ultimately, the Post’s decision was reversed when the woman came forward to say that she had been assaulted.
In response to the first memo, Ms. Sonmez tweeted numerous times about The Post. In her posts, she complained about the unjust application of the social media policy and jousted with fellow journalists. Despite the tension, many of these journalists expressed support for her during the lawsuit and praised her efforts to advocate for the rights of sexual assault victims. However, her continued tweeting about the paper led some of her colleagues to feel negatively about her.