|Dallas Attorney Rogge Dunn in Associated Press article and republished in Bloomberg Businessweek |
Ousted CEO sues Tuesday Morning for discrimination
|August 3, 2012 11:42 pm|
NEW YORK (AP) — The ousted CEO of retailer Tuesday Morning Corp. has filed discrimination charges against the company, saying she was sent packing after the board learned she had breast cancer.
Kathleen Mason also is seeking unspecified damages and her old job back. The discrimination charges were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Dallas.
Mason's attorney, Rogge Dunn, said board members' attitude toward Mason changed after she disclosed she had cancer. He says one board member even made a sarcastic comment about her wig.
The Dallas-based discount retailer announced in June that it was firing Mason, who had been CEO since 2009. It lowered its financial outlook at the same time.
Dunn says that Mason informed the board of her cancer so they wouldn't be alarmed if she began losing her hair or growing gaunt as a result of treatment. But he said the board's attitude toward Mason soon began to change and she was fired less than three months later.
Board members started contacting Mason's subordinates directly, which they hadn't done before, Dunn said. In March, he said one board member made a sarcastic comment about how nice Mason's hair looked; she was wearing a wig at the time.
"One of the reasons Kathleen is doing this is not just for herself, but for others in the workplace," Dunn said. "A lot of times there's overreaction and misunderstanding by employers about cancer."
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