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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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merlin    

Tess:

Discerning eye?? It was a pretty glaring mistake. I am just waiting for another 47.5 people to keep pointing it out and then we will have a stereotypical TMZ thread!

1439 days ago
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Bob Marley    

I've worked with Oprah and her gang - they're all a bunch of self-absorbed pigs. They create stress where a normal workplace could easily prevail. I hope the plaintiff wins.

1439 days ago
18.

Lisa    

Her symptoms were EXACERBATED not exasperated, what disabled retardo does your proofreading these days?

1439 days ago
19.

Lisa    

Her symptoms were EXACERBATED not exasperated, what disabled retardo does your proofing?

1439 days ago
20.

annie2    

Merlin:

45.5 to go, I guess.

1439 days ago
21.

Jacqueline13    

Oprah, it's time to retire permanently.

1439 days ago
22.

C    

The ACT protecting disabled employees does not make exceptions for them if they are unable to perform their normal functions of the job due to their disability. If they cannot perform, then they are out and that has no bearing on whether they have a disability or not. If she were black she would play the race card, but now she plays this one....looking to cash in

1439 days ago
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Jacqueline13    

25

Possibly. But if these people don't want you, they create a reason to throw you out, like garbage.

1439 days ago
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hahayaright    

I'm with superman's comment. I thought I was the only one.

1439 days ago
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hahayaright    

The woman is probably right.

1439 days ago
26.

Jennifer    

Does she suffer with it? Then she shouldn't work.
Does she life with it? Then she should be fine.

1439 days ago
27.

tyler    

MS is an awful disease and oprah reminds me of obama. She acts like she cares about the little people but she could care less and just uses them to further her agenda.

1439 days ago
28.

WhyNot    

If you are ill, due to relapse, and cannot continue to do the job, does that mean that the job remains open because they can't find another MS patient who can do the job?
If you can't do the job, she is not obligated to bless you with millions. She is not obligated to support you at all... it's not her fault you have MS and it's not her fault you can't do the job.
The problem today is that everyone is so needy, and so self-righteously deserving, they think they have the right to sue anyone with $5.00 because, even though they did not earn it, did not work for it, do not deserve it... they WANT it, so *BAM* lawsuit... and lawyers are getting rich off the poor suffering underdog... who by the way, will not get 1,2, or 5 million dollars... their lawyers will. DUMMY up America... you are feeding the sharks!

1439 days ago
29.

nearli    

IT IS NOT BS!!!!!!!!!! YOU IGNORANT PEOPLE WHO DO NOT UNDERSTAND READ ABOUT MS!!!!! IT IS REAL AND EXTREMELY PAINFUL.. HOW DO I KNOW? BECAUSE I FRIGGIN HAVE IT!!! I HATE TMZ!

1439 days ago
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What!    

Isn't anyone going to say she's being sued because she's black? It seems to work on every other comment pages.

1439 days ago
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