PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh newscaster fired after her comments in a Facebook post about a shooting were deemed racially insensitive sued her former employer Monday, saying the television station let her go because she is white.
Wendy Bell said her federal lawsuit that WTAE fired her on March 30 “because of her race,” violating her civil rights.
“Had Ms. Bell written the same comments about white criminal suspects or had her race not have been white, Defendant would not have fired her, much less disciplined her,” the lawsuit reads. “Ms. Bell’s posting of concern for the African-American community stung by mass shooting was clearly and obviously not intended to be racially offensive.”
A message left with station management was not immediately returned. Bell is seeking back pay, punitive damages and her old job.
In a Facebook post, Bell commented on the March 9 shooting of five black people in the poor Pittsburgh