Oprah Winfrey's OWN sued for workplace discrimination

oprah-winfrey-afi-09-320.jpgA former employee of Oprah Winfrey's cable channel is suing the not-yet-launched network for workplace discrimination.

Catherine Dunn filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Friday (Aug. 13) claiming that OWN -- that's the Oprah Winfrey Network -- created a "hostile work environment" for her when she worked there starting in fall 2008.

Dunn, who has multiple sclerosis, claims she was subject to discrimination because of her MS, TMZ reports. The suit also alleges that the stress of her work environment aggravated her condition, forcing her to take a stress leave and a leave of absence.

While Dunn was on leave, the suit claims, OWN replaced her with a "non-disabled and younger employee." She's asking for unspecified damages for wrongful termination.

Winfrey's camp hasn't commented on the suit.

OWN is scheduled to launch in January with shows featuring Winfrey, Rosie O'Donnell and Shania Twain, among others. It will take over what's currently the Discovery Health channel.

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