Though the appeals court ruled that Sheridan was not fired from Desperate Housewives, rather the studio and network decided not to pick up the actress' contract between seasons, she can pursue claims that she was retaliated against after complaining that creator Marc Cherry allegedly struck her on the head while on set.
"The Court of Appeal correctly found that Ms. Sheridan was not terminated," Adam Levin, the attorney for ABC and Touchstone, said in a statement. "Instead, her employment ended because Touchstone elected not to renew her contract after her character, Edie Britt, died on the show. Her last remaining claim for wrongful termination is gone, and while she may seek to add an OSHA claim, we believe we will prevail on that claim as well."
However, Sheridan's attorney Marc Baute says they will continue to pursue the claims that Sheridan was fired in retaliation for her complaint. "We will prosecute Touchstone to the fullest extent of the law under Labor Code Section 6310," he said in a statement.
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