Will there be no end to the upheaval on the conservative right? The White House is being plagued by rumors of tensions between Trump’s closest advisers. Even more celebrity talking heads are being accused of sexual harassment, and now conservative darling Tomi Lahren is suing her former employer for wrongful termination.
The Blaze and Glenn Beck “embarked on a public smear campaign attacking [Lahren] and chastising her political views and opinions in a clear attempt to embarrass, humiliate, and undermine Plaintiff’s reach to her audience on social media and elsewhere,” the lawsuit claims.
Lahren is also suing to regain managerial control of her Facebook page, which is still overseen by staff at The Blaze.
Lay down and play dead really isn't my style. #FinalThoughts
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) April 7, 2017
“Lay down and play dead really isn’t my style,” Lahren tweeted Friday afternoon.
The Blaze has been a bit inscrutable in all of this.They first suspended Lahren after she appeared on ABC’s “The View” and expressed her personal views on the abortion issue. “I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think the government should decide what women do with their bodies,” Lahren said.
The backlash from pro-life conservatives, a vocal majority of the Republican party who see no problem with being pro-life and supporting limited government, was swift. And The Blaze, Lahren’s employer, bore the brunt of the negative attention.
“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 Blaze wrote in a statement.
Lahren’s suit claims she was fired for what amounts to constitutionally supported speech. “Expressing her First Amendment rights and her personal opinions about a woman’s right to choose is not a ‘for cause’ ground to support either a suspension or a de-facto termination of Plaintiff’s employment.”
“Accordingly, as a proximate cause of [The Blaze’s] unlawful conduct, with the participation, concert, and/or encouragement of Beck, [The Blaze] has materially and wrongfully breached the Employment Contract, excusing [Lahren] from further performance thereunder,” the suit adds.
The Daily Caller cites sources with internal information who claim Lahren isn’t being terminated becasue of this one issue, but becasue of a history of clashes with coworkers.