Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network Involved in Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network is involved in a sexual discrimination lawsuit. According to the workplace discrimination complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Carolyn Hommel, a former executive, states that she was hired in July 2010 to be OWN’s senior director of scheduling & acquisitions. Hommel claims that she had been receiving positive performance feedback and that she was “on track” to be a vice president at OWN. After getting pregnant and going on medical leave due to a pregnancy-related condition in 2011, Hommel claims that not only was she excluded from various meetings when she came back to work, but that other colleagues refused to share information and emails with her about the status of projects. Hommel later gave birth in February, 2012, only to find that the following month while on maternity leave, she was being laid off due to “restructuring.” Her job was given to a temp that filled in during her medical leave of absence. Full article.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Sexual discrimination involves treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person’s sex. The law forbids such sexual discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: eeoc.gov.

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