DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Coach is being sued by a former Detroit-area store manager who says weight gain led to her dismissal after more than 10 years at the high-end handbag retailer.

Elizabeth DeLorean’s discrimination lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Detroit federal court, says she was encouraged to watch TV’s “The Biggest Loser” and reminded about previous Lean Cuisine lunches.

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“Some of them were little things, like you know ‘maybe you should tune into the “Biggest Loser” or the weight loss television show.’  Then it would get a little more intense, things like, at a performance review ‘whatever happened to the girl who would bring in her Lean Cuisine for lunch every day?’ At the performance review,” says DeLorean’s attorney, Sarah Prescott.

The 35-year-old DeLorean started with Coach in 2002 and worked her way up to manager at a suburban Detroit store. By 2013, the Royal Oak woman had gained more than 100 pounds. She was dismissed that year.

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Prescott says a Coach area manager said weight was a factor.

Company officials say DeLorean was fired over performance issues.  She is seeking unspecified damages for lost employment and distress.


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