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Second Favorable Ruling for Fired Reporter

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Second Favorable Ruling for Fired Reporter

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Second favorable ruling for fired reporter

The Nevada Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a second favorable ruling for Mary Hausch, a former editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal who has charged the paper with sex discrimination and harassment.

The commission declared there is evidence to support Hausch's claim that Donrey Media Group and the Review-Journal retaliated by firing her for filing complaints against the company in March 1989 and November 1990.

Hausch, 41, whose 19 years with the paper included 10 years as managing editor and six months as associate editor, claims she was passed over for promotion to the top editorship without even being interviewed by management. The job was given to Sherman Frederick, who was brought in from Donrey's paper in Alamogordo, N.M.

Last April, the commission found there was evidence that the R-J violated state sex discrimination laws when it hired Frederick over Hausch.

In the recent ruling, it upheld Hausch's charges of retaliation and harassment. In November 1990, she was suspended from the paper with pay. She was fired in February of this year with what she termed "nominal severance pay."

The NERC scheduled a concilation hearing for July 18. …

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