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

(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.

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Feb 6, 2013 8:34 PM CST
Is Oprah still around?
Feb 3, 2013 1:48 PM CST
SOP for Oprah. Anything to put a few more pennies in her pocket.
Feb 3, 2013 6:46 AM CST
I wish I could take months off, get fat, eat whatever I want, and have my employer be legally required to keep positions open for me.