published Friday, May 27th, 2011

Former employee sues Chattanooga Publishing

A former employee of the Chattanooga Publishing Co. has filed an age-discrimination lawsuit against the company over his firing.

Frank Anthony, 64, a former vice president at the Times Free Press, alleges that Chattanooga Publishing Co. President Jason Taylor, 36, “tried to force [Anthony] to quit by removing job responsibilities and giving them to younger individuals.”

The complaint, filed in Hamilton County Circuit Court on May 16, also alleges that, upon taking over as president of the company, Taylor “wanted young people as managers.”

“The Chattanooga Publishing Co. firmly denies the accusations,” Taylor said Thursday.

He declined further comment on the pending lawsuit.

The company has 30 days from the filing date to respond to the complaint.

Based in Little Rock, Ark., WEHCO Media Inc. owns Chattanooga Publishing, which includes the Times Free Press.

In his complaint, Anthony requests lost wages and benefits and unspecified compensation for “great mental anguish resulting from the embarrassment and humiliation that he experienced because of [Taylor’s] actions.”

Anthony’s attorneys did not respond Thursday when contacted for comment.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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bpqd said...

We never should have sold the paper to those jerks from Arkansas.

May 27, 2011 at 8:08 a.m.
junepop55 said...

"We never should have sold the paper to those jerks from Arkansas"

Yes, you're right. I'm sure there's never in the history of the world been a frivolous lawsuit filed against a company from someone seeking $$. . . And I'm also sure there were never ever any lawsuits filed against the Times or the Free Press before 1998 when Mr. Hussman bought the papers.

There are two sides to every story and somewhere in the middle lies the truth. I applaud the newspaper for reporting this news about themselves. They could have chosen to not report it at all.

May 27, 2011 at 9:18 a.m.
rosebud said...

Gee, I hope this lawsuit doesn't cost the TFP a lot of money in legal fees. How else could they pay convicted felon Martha Stewart?

May 27, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
Salsa said...

This doesn't surprise me at all. I know several reporters who used to be employed there and this lawsuit is just the tip of the iceberg.

May 27, 2011 at 5:07 p.m.
joepulitzer said...

OUT WITH THE OLD; IN WITH THE NEW. IT'S THE NEW PARADIGM SWEEPING THE NATION: COLD, CALLOUS, GREEDY. AND LET ME TELL YOU: 40 IS NOW THE NEW 50... HERR HUSSMAN HAS BEEN LEADING THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE. STAND IN THERE AND FIGHT, FRANK. GIVE 'EM HELL.

May 30, 2011 at 7:43 a.m.
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