WNYC a ‘toxic’ cesspool of discrimination, says Jami Floyd


Liberal WNYC radio is nothing but a “toxic” cesspool of racial and gender discrimination where bullies harass their colleagues, a newly-started editor charged Tuesday.

Jami Floyd – the 57-year-old former director of the public radio station’s Race and Justice unit – alleged discrimination based on race, gender and age in the workplace during a fiery press conference in Manhattan where she announced her intention to sue the station and its parent company NPR.

She also accused her ex-employer of retaliation, harassment, defamation and violation of her civil rights.

Floyd abruptly resigned from his WNYC post on Monday morning – after 45 of his articles were removed from the wnyc.org and Gothamist websites for alleged plagiarism.

“For years, black and brown people in general, and black women in particular, have had their careers derailed on New York Public Radio,” Floyd said Tuesday outside the federal courthouse. “The company has made a lot of noise to change its habits.

“But I’m here to tell you that the culture hasn’t been transformed, especially not when it comes to its black employees.

“Despite the requests, the pleas, the demands, we still have no black journalists in the Race and Justice unit. In fact, we don’t have any black reporters in the WNYC newsroom.

Floyd says she pleaded for more diversity at the public radio station, especially for black journalists.
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“Just like the NFL, we have the Rooney Rule at the WNYC. We interview various candidates, but we don’t hire them,’ she said, referring to the National Football League’s requirement to interview minorities for top positions – a regulation that has been criticized. for not having led to real hiring.

“We say we want black journalists, but where are they?” said Floyd. “Don’t tell me they don’t exist because I know them, I recruited them. We just didn’t hire them. They are not in the newsroom. Why not?”

She added that years after the #MeToo anti-bullying movement, “bullies remain comfortably employed in the organization to this day.”

“I know that from personal experience. They intimidated me. Harassed me. Hazed me since the day I walked through the door in 2015,” Floyd said. ” I’m hard. What does that say for people who aren’t as tough as me? »

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Apparently Floyd was unable to review any of the items that were removed by WNYC.
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Floyd faces charges of plagiarizing articles published over a period dating back to 2010, when she started with the outlet as a freelancer. Some of the posts are said to have lifted entire paragraphs verbatim from other sources.

WNYC had told Floyd his alleged plagiarism was a dismissable offense before stepping down, a source familiar with the matter told The Post exclusively.

Floyd’s rep said Tuesday that his client was unable to review or view any of the articles removed by WNYC.

Floyd said she complained to co-workers, superiors and human resources about how she was treated in the office, to no avail.

She said she stayed “even though I still felt beleaguered.

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Floyd felt bullied and ostracized in the workplace from the start.
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“I’m not the first black woman to be victimized on New York Public Radio, but I’m determined to be the last black woman not to have a long and successful career on New York Public Radio,” he said. said Floyd.

In 2017, WNYC radio host John Hockenberry was accused of sexually harassing several female colleagues and ended up quitting.

He later said in a statement, “Looking back, my behavior was not always appropriate and I’m sorry.”

That same year, longtime WNYC hosts Leonard Lopate and Johnathan Schwartz were fired over allegations of “inappropriate conduct”.

Lopate denied any wrongdoing.

Schwartz, who was notably accused of making a co-worker uncomfortable by commenting on her appearance, later replied, “Can’t a man say, ‘You’re beautiful. Damn, are you attractive?’ “

WNYC did not respond to a request for comment on Flynn’s allegations on Tuesday.

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