Judge denies WPP’s motion to dismiss Johnson discrimination suit

US District Judge J. Paul Oetken has denied WPP’s motion to dismiss Erin Johnson’s discrimination suit against the holding company, J. Walter Thompson and former chairman and CEO Gustavo Martinez, finding that Martinez’s actions created “a workplace cut through with hostility.”

“Considering the alleged conduct in context, Johnson has pleaded enough to support a plausible inference that an objectively hostile work environment existed,” said Oetken in a 28-page ruling released Tuesday morning.

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