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Reporter 'suspended' for sharing article on white privilege

PICTURED: Reporter Lisa Benson (Image: Lisa Benson/Facebook)

AN AMERICAN reporter has accused her former employer of suspending her from her role indefinitely because she used social media to share a Guardian article on white privilege.

Lisa Benson, who is suing KSHB-TV for racial discrimination has said that the company took disciplinary action against after she posted the article, entitled How white women use strategic tears to silence women of colour on her personal Facebook account.

A case brought by Benson against the broadcaster is currently pending in federal court, according to local news website Kansas City.

Benson, who had worked at the company for more than 14 years, said: “I was suspended for sharing a meme and a Guardian US article on my personal FB page and subsequently told I ‘shall not report to work’ for the duration of my contract.”

The 42-year-old shared the article back in May but her story is receiving renewed attention after the journalist who wrote the article, Ruby Hamad, learned of Benson Cooper’s situation and publicised it using her Twitter account earlier this week.

Hamad said: “Just to cap off a great weekend, I have just been informed a WoC got fired for sharing my white tears article. So there you go.”

KSHB has refuted Benson allegations.

“We can confirm that, in line with its contractual rights, KSHB did not renew Lisa Benson’s contract,” Kansas City reported the company’s news director Carrie Hofmann said.

She added: “We cannot comment on pending litigation. We stand by our commitment to diversity and inclusion in our workplace.”

Among the incidents documented as part of the lawsuit, is a claim by Benson that she was once sent to interview a member of the Ku Klux Klan alone.

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