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Robertson v. People Magazine

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
2015 WL 9077111 (2015)


Facts

Tatsha Robertson (plaintiff) was the only black senior editor at People Magazine (People) (defendant). Robertson was terminated due to “workforce restructuring.” Robertson brought a discrimination suit against People, alleging that she was discriminated against and terminated on account of her race. As part of discovery, Robertson submitted 135 document requests, including essentially unlimited access to People’s editorial files. For example, Robertson requested all documents “concerning any of People Magazine’s regular meetings” and all documents related to the process of determining who would be on the cover of the magazine. Robertson also sought all covers of People going back to 2005, four years prior to Robertson becoming an editor at the magazine. People objected to the document requests. Robertson filed a motion to compel production of the documents.

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