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The New York Post lost a bid to dismiss a lawsuit by a former editor who said she was fired after complaining about racism and sexism, including a cartoon that appeared to liken U.S. President Barack Obama to a chimpanzee.

Sandra Guzman, a black and Puerto Rican associate editor, alleged she was fired September 29, 2009, in retaliation for her complaints over inappropriate conduct, including one senior executive she accused of referring to her as “Cha Cha #1.”

The lawsuit also alleged that Guzman was among those who complained about a February 18, 2009, cartoon in the newspaper depicting a policeman shooting a crazed chimpanzee, a play on an actual Connecticut incident.

The caption read: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”

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