These creepy crawlers have been found in hotel rooms, cruise ships, and even college dorms but now they allegedly have found their way into at least one workplace. A Fox News employee recently filed suit claiming to have been bitten by bed bugs while on the job, according to media reports.
The woman worked at Fox News as a satellite feed coordinator for 12 years when she complained to human resources about being bitten by bed bugs at the office. She cited three incidents between October 2007 and April 2008 but claims she was ridiculed and the office remained untreated for months.
She told the Associated Press that a colleague who used her desk on weekends brought the bugs to work. She filed the lawsuit against the landlord of the company's office building, Beacon Capital Partners, not her employer.
She has filed separate workers compensation charges with News Corp because she suffers post-traumatic stress disorder and is unable to work because of the ordeal.
She says she suffers nightmares and even keeps a flashlight close by at night to check for bugs, "I didn't want my baby to get bitten. I was terrified of bringing it home." She told reporters. "It's their obligation to the working public to provide a safe work environment," her lawyer told reporters.
Bed bugs feed on human blood and are easily spread on clothing and other fabrics and require professional extermination to be removed. They typically feed at night about an hour before dawn while the host sleeps, but if given the opportunity, they will feed at other times. Her home was not infested, and the office has been treated and the pests exterminated, according to media reports.