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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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Peggy    

Living with M.S. is a very upside down illness! Do not listen to all this crap people are saying about you because they do not understand the illness that you live with!! Keep your head up and stay positive about what you are doing

1445 days ago
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meohmy    

Saying negative things about Oprah is unnecessary and has nothing to do with this situation. This MS disease is real and prevelant now and a cure is needed. I worked with a women who had MS and it was difficult and sad watching everyday and the up and down moods of her and the demands and request was hard to deal with. There was many accomodations and it was very hard to have to see the fustration and anger. The other thing was the falling down in the office continually got to be dangerous and everyone was on pins and needles helping her and this is why the company was baering with this situation and several times she had mentioned car accidents and would say it was the other persons fault. This was due to the numbness in her legs. Lets just all pray for a cure and help with this disease instead of attacking Oprah and others.

1444 days ago
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cocoapuff    

just be thankful Oprah helps who she helps because lots of people have lots of money and fame and power but they help no one but themselves. SHE IS MORE GOOD THAN BAD! OPRAH IS A WINNER!

1438 days ago
79.

Real American    

Oparh is always hiding behind the race card and sniveling and calling people racists, but true to her lack of integrity and never ending dishonesty, she proves what a hideous hypocrite she is, But who would be surprised she has always been trash.

1436 days ago
80.

k    

I have MS there must be more to this story that we just dont know...

1413 days ago
81.

Coco    

Understand if you are claiming ABLE-BODY then you are asking to be treated as everyone else that works their. You can't have it both ways. I hope there is message sent from this to everyone who says they can when and then learn how to say " I can't" with grace and respect to those that gave them a fair chance to prove themselves.

1367 days ago
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