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Former Oprah Executive Files Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

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A former female executive at the Oprah Winfrey Network has filed a lawsuit against the network, claiming discrimination based on gender.

According to the lawsuit filed by Carolyn Hommel, who worked as senior director of scheduling and acquisition, she was fired from her job at the Oprah Winfrey Network just months after she had to take medical leave due to her pregnancy. The lawsuit alleges disability determination, and sex discrimination.

In her lawsuit, she claims that a temporary employee was brought in to fill her position, during the time that she was on medical leave for a period of 2 weeks in August 2011. However, when she returned from medical leave the following month, she found that the temporary employee had been given more of her responsibilities, including several responsibilities that Hommel had earlier enjoyed.

For the next few months, Hommel found that she was being increasingly excluded from all her responsibilities. The new temporary employee was given many of Hommel's former responsibilities, including weekly scheduling as well as research meetings. Hommel continued to be excluded from e-mails, and conferences, and was not given information about the status of projects. All of these had been made available to her before she announced her pregnancy.

Her lawsuit alleges that before she announced that she was pregnant, she was on track for a major promotion at the Oprah Winfrey Network. In fact, in March 2011, a performance review stated that she was on track to becoming a company vice president.

According to the lawsuit, she did make several attempts to bring this discrimination to the notice of higher-ups at the company, including filing discrimination complaints, before finally being terminated.

If you believe that you are being refused work, or have been wrongfully fired because of your pregnancy, speak to a San Jose employment lawyer about your rights.

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