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March 21, 2002

A former editor at the New York Post charges in a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that she was fired for being a woman and an American.

Maralyn Matlick, who as Sunday editor was the Post's highest-ranking female editorial staff member, said she was ousted because management wanted to promote British or Australian males, rather than Americans and women, according to the Associated Press.

The Post is part of Australian-born Rupert Murdoch's global communications empire. Matlick's complaint says six of the top 12 management positions are held by Britons or Australians, including the top four. All 12 managers are men, it says.

Matlick said in an interview that she was shunned and demeaned in the past year, while an Australian man was groomed to replace her. She said editor in chief Col Allan told her on Feb. 5 that she was finished as Sunday editor, but could continue to work days for less money - or at the same salary, as associate metro editor, if she agreed to work nights. She said she declined, and was then fired.

Post Publisher Ken Chandler denied that Matlick was told that working nights was a condition of keeping the same salary.

"We felt Ms. Matlick was not right for the Sunday editorship. We asked her to suggest another position she would want at the paper and promised her salary would remain the same," he said. "Ms. Matlick refused to suggest any other positions and insisted on the Sunday editorship. At that point, we came back to her with the offer to be associate metro editor, at the same salary, which she also refused."

Source: The Associated Press, via

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