Businesshala News Exclusive | Washington Post Disciplines Business Editor Over Tweet Criticizing Column About NFL Star Ben Roethlisberger

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Business editor Lori Montgomery received a verbal warning for tweeting about an article addressing sexual harassment allegations against the quarterback

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Ms Montgomery’s initial tweet drew public criticism from some Washington Post employees. She later tweeted that she regretted her initial post and said she had no intention of questioning the validity of the allegations against Mr. Roethlisberger. Mr Roethlisberger has denied the allegations of sexual harassment.

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Ms Montgomery was given a verbal warning this past weekend, the Post’s spokeswoman said. He said Post plans to revise its social-media policy as soon as it fills the vacant standards-editor position. Ms Buzby’s comments about reprimanding Ms Montgomery came during a call with groups of Post employees this week, people familiar with the discussion said.

Ms Montgomery did not respond to a request for comment.

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Felicia Sonmez, a reporter for the newspaper, was among the critics of Ms Montgomery’s tweet. She said in her own post on Twitter that the Washington Post also reported on sexual harassment allegations against Mr. Roethlisberger and asked whether employees would feel safe reporting the harassment to editors making similar comments.

Ms Sonmez sued the Washington Post and several of its top editors last year, alleging that the Post discriminated against her and retaliated. Ms. Montgomery is one of the editors named in Ms. Sonmez’s lawsuit. In her lawsuit, Ms Sonmez says The Washington Post unfairly prevented her from covering stories related to sexual assault and assault because it believed she had a conflict of interest as a sex-assault survivor .

A Washington Post spokeswoman declined to comment on Ms Sonmez’s lawsuit. Ms Sonmez could not be immediately reached for comment.

Write Benjamin Mullin at [email protected] and Alexandra Bruell at [email protected]

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