Oprah Faces Lawsuit on Sex Discrimination

Woman at her network says she got fired over pregnancy

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 2, 2013 10:07 AM CST

(Newser) – Oprah dispenses much advice on striking the right life-work balance, but a former employee at her network thinks the real-world application falls a little short. Carolyn Hommel has sued OWN on charges of sex discrimination, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Hommel says she was on track to become a VP until she became pregnant. She accuses the company, and specifically her male boss, of firing her on the pretext of restructuring when she was out on a medical leave related to the 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,” says the complaint, reports Deadline, which provides a link to it here.

Oprah Winfrey is accused of sex discrimination by a female employee.
Oprah Winfrey is accused of sex discrimination by a female employee.   (AP Photo/OWN, George Burns)
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