Agreement reached in ex-anchor’s suit over her race comments
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh newscaster whose online comments about a shooting were deemed racially insensitive and got her fired has reached a settlement in her lawsuit against her former employer.
In a federal lawsuit filed in 2016, Wendy Bell says WTAE fired her because she’s white, in violation of her civil rights. She was seeking back pay, punitive damages and her old job.
Bell had commented on Facebook about a shooting of five black people in a poor Pittsburgh suburb. She speculated the gunmen were young, black men with multiple siblings and fathers.
Court records show the suit was permanently dismissed Jan. 29. No terms have been disclosed.
Bell told the Tribune Review on Friday she can’t comment other than to say she’s satisfied.
A call to WTAE’s parent company wasn’t returned.