Per Bil's request, I'm cross-posting an update from Taking Down Words about litigation between the Indianapolis Star and former editorial writers Lisa Coffey and James Patterson, who are suing the paper on a number of discrimination claims.
I had earlier heard a rumor that the Star was trying to seal all the records in the case, which offended my sense that a media outlet that advocates for access to records shouldn't hide things when it's under the microscope.
Then I received an e-mail containing more specific information and a couple legal documents from the case.
It would seem the Star filed a motion to seal certain records pertaining to the alleged sexual orientation and HIV status of certain managers within the company. The paper also has filed a motion for a protective order to prevent Coffey and Patterson from blabbing their allegations around town.
Knowing that, I'm far more inclined to side with the Star in its attempt to protect its employees. Boiled down to the bare minimum, the plaintiffs' legal case is premised in part on the notion that they were discriminated against as Christians because the Star employes gay managers who don't necessarily share the plaintiffs' moral values. Or some such whatever. (I've never thought this case amounted to anything more than two bitter former employees looking for a big ol' settlement from Gannett.)