T.J. Simers

Judge tosses ex-reporter's lawsuit against L.A. Times

Judge tosses ex-reporter's lawsuit against L.A. Times

A Superior Court judge has ruled against a former Los Angeles Times reporter who alleged that he was forced to quit his job because of oppressive treatment after helping the paper win a Pulitzer Prize.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rita Miller granted summary judgment to The Times on Monday in the suit filed by Jeff Gottlieb, one of the two primary reporters on the paper’s investigation of corruption in the city of Bell, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for public service.

Miller found that Gottlieb had failed to meet the high standard for proving that he was “constructively terminated” — that is, subjected to working conditions “so intolerable or aggravated” that...

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