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Exec sues E! for wrongful termination

When employees in California go through a debilitating illness, the last thing that most want to worry about is their job security. It may seem to be a given in today's professional workplace that when employees are required to go through necessary medical treatments, their employers will understand certain performance lapses and their job will be waiting for them when they can return to full time work. Recently, an article reported that an executive going through breast cancer treatment has sued E! News for wrongful termination after she was fired due to supposed lackluster performance.

In the lawsuit, the casting executive has claimed breach of contract, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. The woman joined the company in 2009 and worked her way up to her final role as senior vice president of talent development and casting. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, she chose to undergo surgery, radiation treatments and chemotherapy.

According to the lawsuit's documents, the woman continued to perform her duties to the best of her ability despite feeling poorly and dealing with comments from management regarding her sickly appearance. Her duties included executive meetings, celebrity meetings and other public appearances. In one specific instance, another executive suggested that she cover herself with a poncho due to her appearance.  The woman believes that the way she looked, and not her skills, were paramount to her employment. She feels that she was ultimately let go because she did not fit the image that the company desired.

Employees in California who feel that they are facing wrongful termination could find benefit in a consultation with an attorney. An attorney who is experienced in employment law can assist clients in understanding their rights and the best legal options available to them. By consulting with an attorney, workers may be able to obtain the justice they deserve. 

Source:, "Casting Exec Sues E! for Wrongful Termination Following Breast Cancer Treatment", Ashley Cullins, Oct. 27, 2016

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