She was fired from HSN shortly after being diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease; HSN maintained that her dismissal was based on the network's dissatisfaction with her hosting style, and because she appeared in an unauthorized infomercial on another station. A court awarded Cleveland $495,000 in actual and punitive damages, believing Cleveland's claim that she lost her job because of her illness, which would be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Jury verdict on TV firing reasonable, court rules St. Petersburg Times
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