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Lesbian journalist sues queer publication over age discrimination

Meka Beresford March 26, 2017
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A veteran journalist is taking legal action against Frontiers magazine after the publication fired her from her position as news editor.

Karen Ocamb was led to believe that she was fired for financial reasons within the company, however it soon came to light that the reason was based solely on her age.

Bobby Blair, the CEO of Multimedia Platforms Worldwide (the parent company of Frontiers) said: “Unfortunately, Karen fell where we realised we were moving toward a digital and Millennial audience, and we wanted to give the generation of Millennials a real shot at creating out content.”

Ocamb revealed that she would be taking legal action against Frontiers and Multimedia Platforms Worldwide in a Los Angeles Blade column.

“That was a gut-check. I realised I had silenced myself to be ‘nice,’ to be ‘fair,’ to be ‘brave’—all the learned traits growing up female in a military family,” Ocamb wrote.

“Despite my hard-earned reputation, despite working diligently to contribute to both the publication and the LGBT movement, despite having to put up with what at times was a hostile working environment where I was expected to shrug off antics and comments and endure sneers when I complained.

“I was tossed out to make way for millennial writers—according to a published interview with the owner,” she wrote.

The company is already in a spot of financial difficulty as it faced a court order dictating for the company assets to be seized after it defaulted on over $1 million in loans.

Frontiers has also since suspended publication after its parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

More: Employment, lawsuit, lesbian, LGBT, US

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