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6 Journalists Sued LA Times Over Gender, Racial Pay Disparities; Settlement May Be Reached

People make their way past the Los Angeles Times office building in downtown Los Angeles, California on July 16, 2018. The newspaper is being sued by employees alleging pay discrimination. (Frederic J. BROWN / AFP via Getty Images)
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Greg Braxton and Bettina Boxall have both contributed to Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage at the Los Angeles Times. They're also among six Black, Hispanic and female journalists who allege they earn far less than white and male peers with less experience.

Their civil complaint, filed in California Superior Court in San Bernardino County and dated June 4, has only just surfaced in court records. A corporate spokeswoman for the Times told NPR Thursday afternoon that a settlement had been reached and that it would be submitted for the court's preliminary approval "as soon as practical."

It's the latest episode in a newsroom with a fraught history over race and gender, though the L.A. Times has twice been led by executive editors of color: Dean Baquet, who is black, and Davan Maharaj, a journalist born in Trinidad and Tobago.


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