The former radio DJ claims she was fired after trying to work from home. Bangor Daily News Portland | Panda Anku

A Hancock County woman who worked at Portland radio stations for 38 years alleges in a lawsuit that she was illegally fired after refusing to return to the station’s office in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic work.

Randi Kirshbaum, 68, of Southwest Harbor, sought housing to work from home rather than office work on the advice of her doctor during the early months of the pandemic because of her age and a family history of lung disease, the complaint says.

Kirshbaum, who was a disc jockey and manager at WPOR and WCLZ, was fired in May 2020 after trying to continue working from home, according to the complaint. Due to her age and a family history of pulmonary fibrosis, which occurs when the lungs become damaged or scarred, Kirshbaum attempted to continue working remotely, as she had since mid-March when Gov. Janet Mills declared a state of emergency and essentially turn off the state.

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