Washington Times denies ex-editor's bias claim

The Associated Press/November 19, 2009

Washington - The Washington Times is denying a religious discrimination claim by the paper's former opinion editor.

Richard Miniter filed a complaint Tuesday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He says he was coerced into attending a Unification Church event that included a mass wedding. And he says the Times investigated him after he joked about the church to a co-worker.

The paper was founded by the leader of the Unification Church, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, in 1982.

In a note to readers Thursday, the Times' acting president and publisher says the paper doesn't discriminate.

Referring to a recent management shake-up, Jonathan Slevin said there would likely be further changes. He said the Times would continue to provide "spirited reporting" and "a robust alternative voice."

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