On April 20, veteran National Public Radio (NPR) reporter and host Katie Davis filed a $1.2-million lawsuit alleging that the network denied her a permanent position as part of “its pattern and practice of discrimination against women reporters and correspondents” (see “NPR Not P.C.?,” The District Line, 5/12). NPR called Davis’ claims “completely false” and asked the court to dismiss the charges. But on July 6, a D.C. Superior Court judge denied NPR’s motion to dismiss, set a May 7, 1996, trial date, and recommended that the parties reach a settlement. Meanwhile, on June 21, NPR librarian Margot McGann filed a suit claiming that the network violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by firing her because she suffered from clinical depression. Although the network cited absenteeism, McGann claims NPR really terminated her because it did not want to pay for her treatment. According to the suit, Denise Johnson, NPR’s director of personnel, “told McGann that NPR’s premiums were increasing dramatically because of employee claims for the treatment of mental illness and that, as a result, NPR had to change insurance carriers several times. She noted that Ms. McGann was among the employees with the largest claims for mental illness.”

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