Thursday, March 27, 2008

Federal Court Tosses Religious Discrimination Suit Against Star

U.S. District Court Judge Larry McKinney tossed a lawsuit brought by two former Star editorial writers, Lisa Coffey and James Patterson, in which the two claimed a homosexual cabal at the Gannett-owned newspaper drove them from their jobs because of their fundamentalist Christian beliefs. McKinney concluded the newspaper really did have a legitimate basis for declining to run a series of graphic columns about the dangers of anal sex by Coffey, who had a tendency to proselytize her religious views in the workplace, and that Patterson really was a problem employee with just too many errors in his work. Former Star columnist and fellow blogger Ruth Holladay has more here. Hat tip to Indiana Law Blog.


Indy4U2C said...

The suit brought to light the fact that Ryerson does not belong in Indianapolis...he is truly a left-coast liberal, out-of-touch with our community!

As much as I hate to admit it, Patterson was incompetent. I don't know why he got hired by The Star, and hated to read his incompetent (often offensive) remarks.

Patterson, you are incompetent.

Ryerson, you were not meant for Indianapolis. I think you would best be at home in San Francisco!

Flynn said...

Trying to get a discrimination suit by the Southern District is like trying to get a piece of raw meat by a lion. They probably dismiss 90% of them based on a bogus application of the summary judgment standard. Whatever happened to construing the evidence against the non-moving party in a summary judgment? I don't know if they had a case, but dismissal on summary judgment should be the exception of discrimination cases, not the norm.

David Myers said...

Don't worry, the Star as I see it will print only what they want you to read.

Flynn said...

FYI, I meant "moving party" not the "nonmoving party."