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In a case of first impression, a Caucasian reporter for the local Fox29 News successfully stated a claim of race discrimination after he was terminated for having used what is commonly referred to as “the n-word.” The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that the case turned on “an issue that does not appear to have been decided by the federal courts: Can an employer be held liable under Title VII for enforcing or condoning the social norm that it is acceptable for African-Americans to say ‘n—–’ but not whites?” In a Dec. 23 opinion in Burlington v. News Corp. , Judge R. Barclay Surrick answered this question in the affirmative.

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