The controversial #NeverTrumper, Glenn Beck, finds himself in the middle of yet another controversy and he faces a lawsuit after firing one of the biggest draws to his network.
IJR has this:
The Dallas News is reporting that conservative firebrand Tomi Lahren has filed a suit against her old boss, Glenn Beck, and the media outlet she used to work for, TheBlaze.
Lahren’s show on TheBlaze was first suspended, then fully canceled, following an appearance on “The View” where she revealed she was pro-choice and called conservatives hypocrites, which seemed to represent a flip-flop for her.
Ready, shoot aim. The New York Times reports:
The Blaze said in a statement on Friday that Ms. Lahren was still employed and questioned how she could sue for wrongful termination. A lawyer representing her said that she was still being paid but that The Blaze had told her she no longer had a job. They are asking in the lawsuit for The Blaze to allow her to pursue employment elsewhere.
In the days following her remarks on “The View,” she and Mr. Beck clashed on Twitter. He mocked her for saying she was a libertarian and shared a video clip of her from December saying that “abortion is not a positive thing.” He also wrote that he supported a diversity of opinions among employees at The Blaze and that no employees would be fired for their point of view.
Ms. Lahren alleges in her lawsuit, filed in Dallas County Civil Court, that the company’s human resources director told her a few days after the suspension that she was now terminated. Her corporate email was turned off, yellow caution tape was stretched over her office and she was urged to “go dark” on social media. In addition, the suit claims that Mr. Beck and others at The Blaze were trying to sabotage her reputation and career. They have “embarked on a public smear campaign,” it says.
“It was made very clear to her she was being terminated for what she said on ‘The View,’” Brian P. Lauten, a lawyer in Dallas who is representing her, said in an interview on Friday. “They have to have cause, and not liking what a lady’s personal views are about the social, political and moral issue of abortion is not grounds to terminate someone.”
And The Hill ads:
According to the lawsuit, The Blaze expressed interest in continuing to pay Lahren “presumably hoping they could find an exit strategy to sanitize their unlawful conduct.”
The suit asks that Lahren receive a temporary restraining order protecting her right to freely express her views and stop The Blaze from destroying evidence related to the incident.
According to the report, Lahren is also asking for for attorneys’ fees and costs in addition to other relief “which she may show herself justly entitled.”
While Beck remains a controversial figure in “new media” this scrambled eggs version of wrongful termination will bring the slumping network some much needed attention.