Jury rejects lawsuit by ex-TV anchor who used racial epithet

AP News
Posted: Jun 15, 2015 4:48 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A jury has rejected a lawsuit filed by a white former TV anchor who says his career was cut short over his use of a racial epithet in a newsroom discussion of the word itself.

Fifty-three-year-old Tom Burlington has been working in real estate since losing his job at the local Fox station in Philadelphia in 2007.

The all-white federal jury decided Monday that his firing from WTXF-TV was not racially motivated.

He says he apologized after using the N-word during a newsroom discussion of a story on the ceremonial "burial" of the epithet.

His lawyer argues that a double standard protected black co-workers who said it.

A lawyer for Fox says the weekend anchor continued to press his point by using it several times and calling it "meaningless."