Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
A former People magazine senior editor is suing the publication over alleged racial discrimination, claiming that the company is biased against African-Americans. According to the suit, Tatsha Robertson was the only black editor that the magazine had ever employed until she got laid off in May. When Robertson was working, she was one of five out of the magazine's 110 employees who was African-American.
Robertson says that former executive editor Betsy Gleick had discriminated against her because of her race. When she first joined People from Essence, she said that Gleick had told her: "You need to talk like everyone else here. You're not at Essence anymore." The suit adds that since 2010, only 14 out of 265 covers have featured African-Americans. The New York Daily News reports that Robertson is seeking unspecified monetary damages from People, Time, Inc., and Gleick.
· Fired black editor of People sues magazine over alleged discrimination against African-Americans [NY Daily News]
· Gap, Banana Republic Sued for Selling Crappy Outlet Merch [Racked]
· Victoria Secret Goes Down in Lawsuit Over the Word 'Pink' [Racked]