Jane Clark, a satellite feed coordinator for Fox News, states in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court that she picked up bedbugs in the Fox News Channel in Manhattan.
Ms. Clark states in her suit last year that the bedbug bites left her unable to work and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The lawsuit asks unspecified damages from Fox News’ landlord, a management company and two maintenance companies. The Fox News Channel and its parent News Corp. were not named as defendants.
Lawsuits regarding negligent maintenance of commercial property are not unusual. Lawsuits over bedbug infestations in hotels, cruise ships and apartment buildings are also not unusual as these are environments where many people live in close proximity. However I have never before seen an allegation of bed bug infestation occurring in a work environment. We’d like to hear your feedback, Atlanta—have you ever missed work because of bedbug bites? The Law Offices of Michael L. Neff want to know. Email us.