Reporter Tara Murtha of the alt-publication Philadelphia Weekly has filed a federal civil suit against her employer alleging that she was not compensated equally with her male colleagues and that the organization is a "hostile and sexually discriminatory work environment.” In response, multiple publications have written about the suit, with one calling it "a bit strange."
Murtha, who is a Senior Writer at the Weekly (and who has published on Jezebel before) alleges two things in her lawsuit. The first is that her pay was reduced due to cost-cutting measures when the company was going through financial struggles (journalism, ya know), but that after that, a male employee was hired at her original salary. This is despite the fact that he "had the same job description, responsibilities, expectations, and job title" as Murtha. The second complaint is more broad-based; Murtha alleges that the Philadelphia Weekly has a "frat house atmosphere." She points out that they allowed a male colleague to display "multiple pictures of naked and/or scantily clad women" and believes that the Weekly's parent company Review Publishing "fostered and encouraged a male-dominated, sexist and chauvinistic atmosphere at the Philadelphia Weekly's office."