Was She Fired For Having Depression?

posted by Melissa Sharpe - 

Former Talk Stoop host Cat Greenleaf has plenty to say about her former employer, and none of it is good. Greenleaf, who has interviewed celebrities from Kim Kardashian West to Sir Ian McKellan on the steps of her Brooklyn brownstone, says NBC fired her because she suffers from depression.

Greenleaf has filed a disability discrimination suit against NBCUniversal, LX and LX senior VP Meredith McGinn. This comes on the heels of the network's announcement that it was replacing Greenleaf with MTV host Nessa Diab.

  • The Emmy Award-winner says she has suffered from depression for much of her life (and her producers were aware of it), but that it became a problem in the autumn of 2017 when she confided to her superiors that she suffered a relapse following the loss of a friend. The suit reportedly claims that her work did not suffer as a result.
  • In December 2017, “within days of discussing the resurgence of her depression,” the suit claims that NBC fired Greenleaf, without notice, effective immediately.
  • “These purported breaches are pretext for discrimination due to her mental illness,” states the claim, which was filed Tuesday morning in New York State Supreme Court.
  • In a statement to the Cut, Greenleaf said, “Depression is a disability, and I’m filing this lawsuit to hold LX and NBC accountable for disability discrimination. This lawsuit is about more than simply vindicating my own rights; my goal in bringing this lawsuit is to be a voice for the millions of Americans who suffer from this serious disability but who may not have the ability to fight this fight. Employees should be able to seek treatment for mental health issues without fear of losing their jobs.”
  • Talk Stoop drew an average of 12 million viewers weekly.

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