PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A lawyer for a white former TV anchor says he wouldn't have lost his career after using a racial epithet at a Philadelphia station if he were black.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A lawyer for a white former TV anchor says he wouldn't have lost his career after using a racial epithet at a Philadelphia station if he were black.

Tom Burlington has been working in real estate since losing his job at the local Fox station in 2007.

His lawyer says he apologized after using the N-word during a newsroom discussion about the epithet.

She argues in closing arguments Monday that a double standard protected black co-workers who used the word.

WTXF-TV managers say Burlington continued to use the word as tension built that week.

A federal judge let the lawsuit go to trial after finding that race bias may have played a part in Burlington's exit.

Managers say he wasn't fired and was paid through the end of his contract.