Post-Gazette sues city Human Relations Commission

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has filed a federal lawsuit against the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, claiming an investigation into how the newspaper assigns its reporters is a First Amendment violation.According to a lawsuit filed by the company in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, the newspaper claims the commission’s investigation of alleged employment discrimination against two black news employees is an attempt to compromise its constitutional right.The lawsuit seeks a judge to declare the investigation a violation of freedom of the press and seeks an injunction to end the investigation. The genesis of the case stems from the commission investigating the P-G after it removed a reporter and a photographer from coverage of this year’s social protests, allegedly because they’re Black.Both employees claim they initially reported on the protests, but were pulled from coverage.The reporter, Alexis Johnson, has filed a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against the P-G. Photographer Michael Santiago left the newspaper in June after taking a buy-out.A phone message left with the commission Tuesday night was not immediately returned.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has filed a federal lawsuit against the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations, claiming an investigation into how the newspaper assigns its reporters is a First Amendment violation.

According to a lawsuit filed by the company in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, the newspaper claims the commission’s investigation of alleged employment discrimination against two black news employees is an attempt to compromise its constitutional right.

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The lawsuit seeks a judge to declare the investigation a violation of freedom of the press and seeks an injunction to end the investigation.

The genesis of the case stems from the commission investigating the P-G after it removed a reporter and a photographer from coverage of this year’s social protests, allegedly because they’re Black.

Both employees claim they initially reported on the protests, but were pulled from coverage.

The reporter, Alexis Johnson, has filed a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against the P-G. Photographer Michael Santiago left the newspaper in June after taking a buy-out.

A phone message left with the commission Tuesday night was not immediately returned.