Central Finland Police Department says it has opened a pre-trial investigation into a suspected case of employment discrimination in the process of hiring a new senior editor-in-chief for Aamulehti.
Suomen Kuvalehti reported on Friday that Päivi Anttikoski, one of the candidates for the position and the current director of government communications, was denied the position after the media company learnt that her husband and school-aged child would not move with her to Tampere.
According to the news weekly, Anttikoski was told last November by Kai Telanne, the chief executive of Alma Media, the publisher of Aamulehti, that she would not be able to concentrate on her duties as the senior editor-in-chief if she lived apart from her child.
She has since confirmed the report to Helsingin Sanomat.
Both Telanne and Alma Media have rejected the allegations, insisting that the report portrays an inaccurate image of the selection process.
Central Finland Police Department states in its brief press release that it will continue its investigation by hearing the parties to the case and other relevant stakeholders.
“We interviewed the injured party today and decided that we should also hear the other parties. This is how we will guarantee the legal protection of all parties. The matter has been the subject of widespread discussion in the media and speculation. We will now look into it carefully,” Jari Kinnunen, the detective superintendent in charge of the investigation, said to Aamulehti.
Uusi Suomi is part of Alma Media.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Martti Kainulainen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi