Quebec woman blames Facebook for losing insurance benefits
Published Thursday, November 19, 2009 5:03PM EST
A Quebec woman says she lost her insurance benefits because of pictures on her Facebook page.
29-year-old Natalie Blanchard of Bromont had been on long-term disability for 18 months because she was diagnosed with depression. She had been collecting sick-leave benefits because she was unable to do her job at IBM.
Her insurance company, Manulife, recently stopped paying her.
Blanchard claims this happened after she posted photos on her Facebook page showing Blanchard vacationing at the beach and at a male strip show.
The insurance company disagrees, saying it would not deny a claim just because of pictures on the internet.
Manulife spokesman Tom Nunn said "we would not deny or terminate a valid claim solely based on information published on websites such as Facebook."
Blanchard has hired a lawyer who calls the insurance company's actions "inappropriate."