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Former Playboy Mansion Party Planner Sues Hugh Hefner for Unlawful Termination

January 7, 2010

In recent Los Angeles, California employment news, the infamous Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner has been sued by a former party planner for the Playboy Mansion--allegedly for unlawful termination while she was on medical leave.

Jenny Lewis worked as a Playboy's Guest Relations Coordinator for the Hefner and the Playboy Mansion for eleven years, and reportedly took a medical leave to recovery from surgery. According to the suit, after Lewis had permission from the company to take the leave of absence, she was unlawfully terminated from her employment on November 4, 2009 during her recovery period.

The lawsuit accuses the Playboy executives of twelve counts of liability that relate to the California and Fair Housing Act--the statute that fights unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment in California employment and housing.

Lewis claims that after receiving outstanding performance reviews for ten years, Lewis was retaliated against after she questioned certain practices that she felt were in violation of the California Employment and Fair Housing Act. She also accused Playboy of gender discrimination, citing that Lewis along with five other women were demoted and sent to the back-offices of the Playboy Mansion, while men in similar positions were not demoted in such a way. Lewis also claims she was subjected to a hostile work environment, and according to the entertainment website TMZ, she was unlawfully terminated after she turned 47, and her position was replaced by a 33-year old woman.

Lewis is asking for damages, including emotional distress, mental pain, and loss of wages, salary, bonuses, and commission.

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Hefner Sued for Firing Playboy Party Planner, KSN.com, January 8, 2009

Former Playboy Mansion Party Planner Sues Hugh Hefner For Unfair Dismissal, All Headline News, January 8, 2010

Woman to Hef: I Gave You the Best Years, TMZ.com, December 31, 2009

Related Web Resources:

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, (DFEH)