Man Fired for Saying “N***er” Gets Day in Court

An age-old debate over who is allowed to say the “n” word will be decided in a federal courtroom.

Tom Burlington, former news anchor at Philadelphia Fox29, who is white, was fired after using the “n” word during a June 2007 staff meeting at which reporters and producers were discussing reporter Robin Taylor’s story about the symbolic burial of the word by the Philadelphia Youth Council of the NAACP.

Burlington’s lawsuit against the station claims a double standard and alleges that he was the victim of racial discrimination.

The trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 18.



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