Condé’s Cookie Staff May Crumble at Brides

Keith J. Kelly
October 14, 2009

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A former ad exec for Martha Stewart’s Body + Soul magazine has filed a lawsuit against the domestic diva’s company, claiming she was callously and unjustly axed after being struck by a car and breaking her back in May 2008.

Kiki Paris, 53, of Manhattan, said she was forced to take a leave of absence following an accident that left her with several broken vertebrae and a seven-pound metal “halo” ring around her head, according to a suit filed in Manhattan federal court late last week.

Paris’ suit alleges that within a month, her bosses, including Associate Publisher Donna Merritt and Senior Vice President and Publisher Jan Bruce, pressured her to start making work phone calls and sending e-mails — despite knowing how seriously she had been hurt.

Fearing she would lose her job, Paris said she agreed to work from home, but was fired three weeks later, in August 2008.

The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, alleges Merritt and Bruce’s actions were a blatant violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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The suit does not name her or the magazine founder Jan Bruce as defendants, but does name Martha Stewart and her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

“A car broke Kiki Paris’ neck, but Martha Stewart broke her spirit,” Paris’ lawyer, Gary Phelan, told The Post’s Lukas Alpert.

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