Fox News worker sues over bedbugs
May 30, 2008 - 6:05AM
A Fox News employee who says she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after being bitten by bedbugs at work has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the office tower where she worked.
Jane Clark, 37, a 12-year veteran of Fox News, a unit of News Corporation, said she complained to human resources after being bitten three times between October 2007 and April 2008. She said she was ridiculed and the office was not treated for months.
Beacon Capital Partners, which owns the tower in midtown Manhattan, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Clark, who says she’s been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder and can no longer work, has filed a separate workers compensation claim with News Corp, and the company is paying her medical bills and lost wages. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“They made a lot of mistakes,” Clark said through tears at a news conference at the office of her lawyer, Alan Schnurman, who said he has brought numerous bedbug cases.
“I didn’t want my baby to get bitten. I was terrified of bringing it home,” Clark said.
She said she believed a colleague who used her workstation on weekends, and who no longer works for Fox News, brought the infestation to the office. Clark’s home was never infested.
Clark says she suffers nightmares and keeps a flashlight at her bedside so she can check for bugs during the night.
“It’s their obligation to the working public to provide a safe environment,” Schnurman said.
“ohmigod, i’m going to die! where’s my therapist when i need hm?”
how soft have we all become? HTFU, woman. it’s not like there’s a tiger in the office.
or perhaps this is just another great opportunity to grab the cash and run, ably supported by the rapacious torts industry in the US?
or maybe it’s just karma.
Can I sue my employer because of cockroaches in my office? They cause me stress, too, while hunting them down.
Everyone knows Fox News is full of irritating pests.
May 30, 2008, 9:08am
I think Rascal is onto something. How much can I get here in Taiwan for suing my employer because of roaches? I mean, they have already caused two explosions in my computer already. Imagine the stress, the fear of not knowing when another BUM! will happen…
Yeah, right. :roflmao:
Uh, bedbugs, cockroaches? Anyone care to deal with the mice that prowl my office space and leave their MaoZeDung to let me know they’re about? How about the rats that fall out of the ceiling tile and scurry up and down the halls?