Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network Faces Lawsuit From Former Employee For Sex Discrimination

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Oprah Winfrey‘s network OWN is facing allegations of sex discrimination in the workplace.

Carolyn Hommel, the former senior director of acquisitions and scheduling, is filing a lawsuit against the network because she feels that she was unfairly terminated from her position once she had her child.

While on medical leave having her child, Hommel was replaced by a temporary employee. Hommel says that when she returned to the office, her duties were gradually given over to this employee and she began to be excluded from meetings.

Hommel was fired in March 2012, just one month after giving birth. She claims that her supervisor, Michael Garner, then fabricated a review that made her appear “less ‘senior’ and therefore not a candidate for the new vice president position.”

The suit brings charges of sex discrimination and disability discrimination against OWN, claiming that Hommel’s dismissal was a direct result of her pregnancy leave.

via NY Daily News

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