Bed bugs in the workplace PTSD suit thrown out by judge

by nobugsonme on April 23, 2011 · 2 comments

in bed bug lawsuits, bed bugs, bed bugs in the workplace, legal aspects of bed bugs

Remember Jane Clark?

The former Fox News employee’s lawsuit, which we first mentioned in 2008 — and which was apparently the first ever filed by an employee against an employer’s landlord over bed bugs — has now been thrown out of court.

The Washington Post reported that the judge “said workers can’t necessarily hold their employers’ landlords responsible for injuries on the job,” but that Clark’s lawyer noted she was planning to appeal.

The Washington Post also gives the background on the case:

Repeated bedbug bites at work forced Clark to leave her job as a Fox News satellite feed coordinator in 2008 and caused post-traumatic stress disorder and other injuries, according to her lawsuit. She hasn’t been able to work since, said her lawyer, Alan Schnurman.

After Clark and others complained, the company scanned not only the cable news channel’s office but some employees’ homes for bedbugs, ultimately finding that the pests were arriving with a worker who lived in a heavily infested apartment and shared an office desk with Clark, according to the ruling, filed April 12. The other employee no longer works there, according to Clark’s lawsuit.

The Fox News office in question is located at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.  According to TVNewswer back in 2008, the plaintiff could not have sued her employer because the parent corporation of Fox News was providing her with full Workers’ Compensation.

Jane Clark’s lawyer, Alan Schnurman (of Zalman and Schnurman), has been involved in a number of high-profile bed bug lawsuits, having been hired by Ellyn Gliksman-Sullivan, who sued her Park Slope landlord, Leslie Fox, who sued a Catskills resort for $20 million, as well as Michelle Hopkins, the Fordham University student who claimed to have been bitten by bed bugs in an off-campus (outsourced) dorm room in the New Yorker Hotel, and “hundreds” of other bed bug cases, according to the New York Observer in 2008.



1 Uhlizza April 23, 2011 at 10:03 am

Why did they fire the person who brought the bedbugs in to the work place, it wasn’t their fault that they lived in a heavily infested apartment… if I were that person, I would definitely be looking for some legal advice. UP

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