A few days after collecting the confessions of Lance Armstrong on his years of doping, Oprah Winfrey and her OWN network find themselves being hit with a lawsuit by an ex-employee. On Feb. 1 the Hollywood Reporter said that the former employee claims to be a victim of sex and pregnancy discrimination .
This case sounds like an echo of a previous complaint filed against Oprah herself, again for discrimination. The complainant, Carolyn Hommel, filed a complaint Friday at the Superior Court of Justice in Los Angeles.
She explains how her pregnancy has completely annihilated her career. Carolym Hummel, former senior director of scheduling and acquisitions at the network, was hired in 2010 and was forced to take a medical leave during her pregnancy in 2011.
While she had excellent evaluations and suggestions that she might become vice president, returning to the office after giving birth quickly turned into a nightmare. Excluded from certain meetings, she saw her work gradually be given to her replacement and then her promotion to vice president was denied.
On March 12, 2012, she was laid off, before being offered to reapply for the position of vice-President, which was given to someone else.
She accuses her supervisor, Michael Garner, of falsifying an evaluation which
"made Hommel's job duties and responsibilities appear less 'senior' and therefore not a candidate for the new vice president position."
Hommel is seeking damages in an unspecified amount for gender discrimination.