A lawsuit filed in March is moving forward after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that Shonitria Anthony, who is suing the L.A.-based news site ATTN and its top executives, is likely to prevail on her discrimination and retaliation claims, The Hollywood Reporter’s THR-Esq. reports.
Anthony is alleging she was fired from her job as an editor with ATTN after she took actions in response to Bill Maher’s use of the N-word on his HBO series. The report notes that Maher is an investor in ATTN along with Apple Music, Jimmy Iovine and Ryan Seacrest.
“According to the complaint, after Maher referred to himself as a ‘house n—er” on the June 2, 2017, episode of ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,’ Anthony organized her African-American co-workers in response to the racial slur,” THR reports. “She says she asked the company to hold a meeting to discuss Maher’s comments. Subsequently, Anthony says she was subjected to a series of adverse employment actions, culminating in her termination.”
The case is reportedly headed to a California appeals court for further review.