Conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren on Friday filed suit against Glenn Beck and The Blaze, saying that she was fired because of her pro-choice stances.
The suit, filed in Dallas County District Court, alleges that Lahren’s comments on The View resulted in the cancellation of her show with The Blaze and that she was told to “remain silent” about her termination.
The Blaze said in a statement that Lahren is still an employee of the company.
“It is puzzling that an employee who remains under contract (and is still being paid) has sued us for being fired, especially when we continue to comply fully with the terms of our agreement with her,” the company said in a statement provided by Goldin Solutions, a PR firm that represents parent company Mercury Radio Arts.
In March, Lahren, 24, appeared on The View and said that as someone who believes in limited government and the Constitution, she could not support the government deciding “what women should do with their bodies.”
“I can sit here and say that, as a Republican and I can say, you know what, I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well,” she said on the show.
According to the lawsuit, Lahren allegedly received congratulatory emails from some of her colleagues and was not told that her statements had been “either improper or inappropriate.”
The suit alleges that Lahren was contacted by HR representatives and told that she had been suspended indefinitely. Shortly after that, HR allegedly told Lahren that her employment had been terminated and that she was to “remain silent” about the matter.
Lahren’s contract with The Blaze was set to expire in September. She started working for the company in 2015.
Lahren “was understandably disappointed, saddened, and in shock for being suspended for freely expressing her opinions, which certainly reconcile with what is the law of the land in the United States i.e., a woman’s constitutional right to choose and in no way inconsistent with any of Plaintiff’s obligations under the Employment Contract,” the suit said.
The lawsuit also alleges that Beck, founder of The Blaze, and others at the company went on a public smear campaign against Lahren.
“Beck and others associated with (The Blaze) have continued to knowingly, intentionally, and/or consciously attack Plaintiff in wrongful retaliation for Plaintiff having expressed her personal viewpoint on a public television show,” the suit alleges.
Beck criticized Lahren’s comments on Twitter in March.
SOURCE: USA Today – Jessica Estepa