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Oprah Co. Sued for MS Discrimination

8/13/2010 9:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A woman who worked for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network claims she was subjected to a hostile work environment ... because she suffers from Multiple Sclerosis.

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According to a lawsuit filed today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Catherine Dunn was an assistant at OWN beginning in August 2008. She claims that during her time there, she was "subjected to a hostile work environment" because of her MS.

She claims she was forced to take a stress leave as well of a leave of absence because her MS symptoms were exacerbated because of the workplace stress.

When she was out on leave, Dunn claims she was replaced by "a non-disabled and younger employee."

Dunn is suing for wrongful termination, among other things. She is asking for unspecified damages.

So far ... no comment from Oprah & Co.


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1.

Andrea    

The word is EXACERBATED, not exasperated!!!

Exacerbate = to get worse, to flare up.

Who is writing these articles????

1531 days ago
2.

Libby    

Not exasperated but ...

exacerbated - to make (pain, disease, emotion, etc.) more intense; aggravate

1531 days ago
3.

SallyChi    

A nuisance lawsuit. She needs the money.

1531 days ago
4.

R    

Screw diversity. Either you can do the job or you can't. Which is it?

1531 days ago
5.

Richard    

what a joke, if you can't handle the stress they should have just fired her out right

1531 days ago
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Caleigh    

I have MS and I was fired because I was unable to work!! and I was all exacerbated at the time, unable to fight it, so now I can sue my old employer?????

1531 days ago
7.

TheMachine1    

Oprah had a contest not long ago in which a disabled guy got the most votes but Oprah decided a person with fewer votes was the winner. Many people think Oprah hates disabled people.

1531 days ago
8.

Tess    

Hmmmm. Lawsuit sounds like BS.

(thumbs up to Andrea for her discerning eye)

1531 days ago
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Tess    

hahahahah. and thumbs up to Caleigh for being really funny.

1531 days ago
10.

TheMachine1    

@Caleigh sue those mofo's.

1531 days ago
11.

Tess    

Three comments in a row. You can call me Ms. Loquacious vernacular now.

1531 days ago
12.

Abe    

The woman wouldn't put out for Gayle King. That's probably the real reason she was fired.

x

1531 days ago
13.

Hugh Jass    


Hey, R and Richard:

The Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") requires reasonable employer accomodations be made to persons with certain disabilities like MS so they CAN do their job. Failure to do so is discriminatory. Oprah evidently didn't comply. That is shameless. As a Black person, she should know first hand what it is/was like to be discriminated against.

1531 days ago
14.

Superman    

There's something sinister about Oprah. This kind of sh*t keeps popping-up around her, but she manages to always settle out of court and thus keeping everything secret.

1531 days ago
15.

SSSSSSttttttt    

"Who is writing these articles????"

I said the same thing and laughed my a.. off. This site must employ third graders!

1531 days ago
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