Can't Oprah Winfrey ever catch a break?
The talk show host's network, creatively titled the Oprah Winfrey Network, has been sued by a former employee who says she was the victim of pregnancy and sexual harassment.
Carolyn Hommel says that in 2010 she was hired as the senior director of scheduling and acquisitions at OWN. Even though she received favorable reviews and was told she was on her way to becoming a vice president, she says that a temporary employee replaced her when she went on medical leave related to her pregnancy. After returning, she says her duties were given to the temporary employee little by little and that she was cut out from meetings and information.
She gave birth in February of 2012 and was told in March that she was being laid off. She was told to reapply for the vice president position but was passed over. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, says that her ex-boss, Michael Garner, made a false performance review that "made Hommel's job duties and responsibilities appear less 'senior' and therefore not a candidate for the new vice president position."
Hommel says the firing is directly related to her pregnancy. From what I have read, these types of lawsuits seem really hard to prove. The timing does seem a bit odd, though.