Sunday, February 03, 2013

But Oprah - what´s this?

Just read that Oprah is being sued for having fired a pregnant employee! Autch, Oprah, now I really got disappointed;=( This is totally NOT ok, if this is true!

Here´s the article from TMZ:


Former executive claims she was fired from Oprah Winfrey's television network because she was pregnant

Oprah Winfrey's cable network is being sued for sex and disability discrimination by the company's former senior director of Scheduling and Acquisitions.
Carolyn Hommel claims the company refused to pay her vacation time as well as overlooking her for a promotion to Vice President at the company because she was pregnant.
In the suit, Hommel claims she suffered from 'acts of oppression, fraud, or malice' from OWN and Michael Scott Garner, the network's SVP of Planning Scheduling and Acquisitions. 
Oprah
Career woman: Former OWN employee Carolyn Hommel claims the company refused to pay her vacation time and refused to promote her because of a pregnancy
'Hommel suffered and will continue to suffer damages in terms of lost wages, lost bonuses, lost benefits, and other pecuniary loss according to proof Hommel has also suffered and will continue to suffer anxiety, worry, embarrassment, humiliation, mental anguish, and severe emotional distress,” according to the 19-page suit.
Hommel, who filed in LA Superior Court on Friday, is seeking a jury trial, Deadline reported.
Hommel claims she was released from OWN in a March 2012 restructuring while on medical leave related to her pregnancy. 
 
She further alleged that while she was encouraged to apply to the VP position being added to her former department she was never given the job. 
Homme
Cash out: Homme is suing Oprah's network general and special damages, punitive and liquidated damages, legal fees, and statutory and civil penalties
Instead, the job went to Whitney Holland, a contract employee who was hired to cover her work during he pregnancy.
'Hommel was qualified for the vice president position, but Defendants hired a non-pregnant individual who did not suffer from medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth,' alleges her complaint.
She's seeking general and special damages, punitive and liquidated damages, legal fees, and interest as well as statutory and civil penalties as well as 'further relief as the Court deems just and proper.'
She is represented by Michael Bononi and Christy Granieri of Bononi Law Group.


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9 comments:

XxBriannaxX said...

Well that isnt very nice if thats true. ;-(

Océane said...

Oh wow! If its true its going to be a BIG thing in US as she is american's favourite! This is not good for her image! Not a good publicity!

I guess we'll know more in the coming weeks...

Mágika said...

The media in our day is everything but not family supporting. Even in the TV shows and serials it so trendy to be alone, to be single, and it is kinda moldy to have a normal family, with normal kids. To be honest, I am not surprised at all, and I can imagine it is truth. The media is money-orientated, and children are the opposite. I know what I am talking about, because I am working in the media. Sad, but fact.

Aikaterine said...

I suspect the woman just happened to be pregnant, and the pregnancy was unrelated to her termination. She found herself pregnant, and jobless, so found some good legal help. The States is a very money-motivated country, and this kind of things happens all the time. Just think of the person who sued Subway for false advertisement because their footlong subs were slightly less than a foot long.

Of course, if it was true, I would also be very surprised, that Oprah would go into this kind of discrimination. Especially because she is a woman.

Ana Santiago said...

I think fire a woman because she is pregnant is terrible and unjustifiable and if the person who did this is another woman is even worse. What kind of society is this where you can not have a family if you wanna have a job?

Rivka Gruber said...

It's not right to fire someone for that reason. Good that she's being sued tho

Ola said...

Hi Anette!

I would like to ask you some question.

Because lot of people in Poland are wondering why Nw kick you out from band. We have many conspiracy theories.
One of the most likely is that you was pregnant and you wanted to have break, but band still wanted to earn money on tour. Another option is that you wanted to do solo career, but band didn't accept it.

Could you solve our problem?

I would be grateful if you will answer me :)

Big hugs.
Ola.

Ola said...

Hi Anette!

I post already one comment but I am not sure if it appear on you blog.

Anyway, I would like to ask you some question. A lot of people here in Poland are wondering about all this situation with your kicked out from band. We have many conspiracy theories. One of the most likely is that you was pregnant and you wanted to do some break, but the band didn't want to stop do concerts on the tour.
Another option was that you wanted to do solo career, but they didn't accept that.

Can you solve our problem?

I would be grateful if you will answer me.

Big hugs :)
Ola from Poland

Anette Olzon said...

Ola: Hi there! I understand that you have questions about this but at this moment I don´t want to answer them. Take care;=)