Monday, August 1, 2005
The Media Guardian reports today that Elena Cosentino, a former producer for CNN, has won an unjust dismissal claim against the network from a UK industrial tribunal. Cosentino claimed that in the months following her fiance's accidental death she found it difficult to return to work, but that her employers were insensitive to her condition and insisted that she either return to a nighttime position or give up her post. CNN took the position that news producers needed to work when required, and this requirement sometimes necessitated evening or night hours. The network finally fired her in April of 2004. The tribunal's forty page report found that CNN made no allowances for Ms. Cosentino's medical and emotional disabilities after her fiance's death, which it found were well-documented. She is seeking 190,000 pounds in damages. Read more here.