Fired Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. senior financial analyst Jennifer Shih has filed suit against the studio on several counts, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Shih claims she was the target of workplace bullying by manager Ximena Salazar and was fired after returning from maternity leave.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shih, employed by Warner Bros. since 2003, became the target of Salazar’s bullying in 2007. Shih alleges that Salazar began treating her unfairly, assigning her more work than others, and giving her a hard time about taking time off. When Shih became pregnant and had to start her maternity leave early, she was written up. When she returned to her position, she claims that she was scrutinized more heavily, including being forced to document her time pumping breast milk. Warner Bros. fired Shih six months later.
Shih also claims that Warner Bros. blacklisted her in the industry, making negative comments about her to Paramount and Lionsgate, which Shih claims has affected her financially. Shih’s husband Daniel McLaughlin is also suing for the severe emotional distress that he has endured throughout the harassment.