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Former reporter suing CNN for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination

Saima Mohsin says she was disabled after reporting injury and told she did not have ‘the look’ for presenting


Mohsin’s claim alleges disability discrimination as well as a complaint about the gender pay gap at CNN. Photograph: CNN


Former reporter suing CNN for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination

Saima Mohsin says she was disabled after reporting injury and told she did not have ‘the look’ for presenting

A former CNN reporter is suing the news channel for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination after she was severely injured while on assignment in Israel. Saima Mohsin was left disabled after an accident while reporting from Jerusalem on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Her cameraman ran over her foot in a car, causing severe tissue damage that has left the British-Pakistani journalist struggling to sit, stand and walk or return to work full-time. After the incident in 2014 the foreign correspondent claims she requested alternative duties and support for rehabilitation but CNN refused. She also alleges that she asked CNN if she could switch to a presenting role in order to reduce the amount of time spent travelling but was told “you don’t have the look we are looking for”. Three years later the channel terminated her contract.





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