In The Guardian, Marjorie Walker explains why she is suing The New York Times Inc. for discrimination. So, in addition to the court of law, Walker has turned to the court of public opinion.
She had worked eight years in the advertising department and is an African-American in her 60s. Because of her age and that she is battling cancer, she really has nothing to lose. That may be one reason why she published the opinion-editorial in the influential Guardian.
And because she has nothing to lose, this lawsuit is different from those filed by other females against their former or present employers. They include Ellen Pao's against Kleiner-Perkins (she lost) and Erin Johnson's against J. Walter Thomson. Those two women are in the prime of their careers. Filing a lawsuit can shorten their career runway.
Eventually the lawsuit, filed with a co-plaintiff, could become class-action with about 50 others. They allege the media company has a bias against age, people of color, and women with family obligations. Wigdor, LLP, which specializes in employment law, is handling the case.
Walker can go high profile in her contentions of discrimination. That publicity can, of course, enhance the name recognition of Wigdor.
There's no telling how much sympathy Walker may attract. After all, Donald Trump's success has been built on the platform of the rage of the Little Guy.