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NBCUniversal faces disability discrimination accusations

Many people in the Greater Sacramento metro may empathize with the host of "Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf" on taxi-TV, Cat Greenleaf, who suffers from clinical depression. The producers of her show have known about her condition for some time, but in the fall of 2017, Greenleaf says it suddenly became an issue. She claims in a recent lawsuit filed against NBCUniversal, LX and one of LX's senior vice presidents that at that time, she began to suffer from disability discrimination.

Last fall, Greenleaf lost a dear friend. This triggered relapse of her depression for which she began taking medication and attended counseling. In Dec. 2017, she told her supervisors of her relapse. A few days after doing so, she was terminated. She claims she was fired due to discrimination against her condition and that her duties never suffered after her relapse.

When Greenleaf was fired, she says she received numerous stories regarding why. She was told she violated certain obligations under contract on one occasion, and then told that she was insubordinate on another. At the time she was terminated, approximately a year-and-a-half remained on her three-year contract. In addition to making allegations of discrimination, she alleges that the defendants breached her employment contract.

Greenleaf hopes to shed light on the fact that many workers across the country, including many here in California, suffer from mental disabilities such as depression for which they should not fear termination if they seek treatment. Even so, many workers do face such disability discrimination. For those living here in the Greater Sacramento metro, knowing where to turn for support regarding their rights and legal options may help.

Source: thecut.com, "'Talk Stoop' Host Cat Greenleaf Sues NBC for Discrimination", Amanda Arnold, April 3, 2018

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