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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network Hit With Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Truth rating: 10

By Daniel Gates

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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network has been hit with a sex discrimination lawsuit.

A former employee named Carolyn Hommel filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, claiming she lost her job because she got pregnant.

Hommel was hired in 2010 as senior director of scheduling and acquisitions at the network and has received positive performance reviews before being forced to take medical leave due to the pregnancy.

According to Hommel’s lawsuit, the temporary employee who replaced her ultimately assumed more and more of her duties, and when she eventually returned to the office, Hommel was allegedly excluded from meetings.

She was allegedly laid off just one month after giving birth to her daughter.

Hommel was supposedly told to re-apply for a vice president job she’d previously been on track to get — only to get passed over.

In her lawsuit, Hommel claims her superior Michael Garner fabricated a performance review to diminish her previous responsibilities, ruining her chances at promotion.

Hommel says her dismissal was a direct result of her pregnancy medical leave, and is seeking unspecified damages.

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