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Tara was denied maternity leave and what happened next may make her $10 million

Posted by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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Ex-Hotel Worker Files Bombshell Suit

Tara was denied maternity leave. So she worked right up until she went into labor -- and what happened next may make her $10 million.

Tara Tan, Standard Hotel Manager, Denied Maternity Leave, Gives Birth At Work, Lawsuit Claims


By her own account, Tara Tan was a hard worker, pulling 80 to 100 hours a week as a manager at the upscale Standard hotel in New York City's trendy Meatpacking District.

But when it came time for Tan to take time off to have her second child, she was denied maternity leave and forced to give birth to her baby -- with no doctor present -- in one of the hotel's guest rooms, the 42-year-old woman alleges in a $10 million lawsuit (via New York's Daily News).

After going into labor at the end of one of her shifts and delivering her baby, Tan says that she was taken out through a side door -- rather than through the lobby -- because hotel management didn't wish to disrupt the venue's regular Friday club scene and partying.

"I am upset that they treated me this way after all that I did for them," Tan told the Daily News this week. "I helped them build this hotel and make it a success. I sacrificed so much time with my family."

According to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Tan was nine months pregnant when she went into labor at The Standard on April 30, 2011, and was left to her own devices for nearly two hours until her husband arrived to help deliver the baby.

"I said, 'Lay me down. She's coming,' " Tan told the New York Post. Her husband, Sean Kehoe, was on the phone with her doctor, and delivered the baby himself.

Hotel management didn't respond to a request for comment about Tan's allegations or the lawsuit.

The incident was just one of many abuses that Tan alleges she endured during her four-year tenure at the hotel, which ended earlier this year. Tan's attorney, William Keith Watanabe, charges that The Standard discriminated against his client, who is from Malaysia and of Chinese descent, because she wasn't young, white, thin, childless or male.

One of Tan's superiors allegedly told her that she didn't fit in with the "culture of the hotel" -- a well-heeled, youthful clique.

Tan returned to work as a manager at The Standard three days after giving birth but was docked the hours she missed and eventually found her duties dwindle before she was finally terminated by the hotel earlier this year, according to the Post, allegedly for stealing boxes from her office.

Unlike many Western nations, the U.S. has no paid maternity leave law, though both men and women are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, under the Federal Medical Leave Act.

by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM
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Bastards!I hope she wins and make them pay!!!

Aichia
by Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Wow
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LaughingTattoo
by Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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Get em girl!

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Why the hell Hotel didn't bring a doctor in for delivery? Her husband should deliver a baby? What is it? We are living in jungles?

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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Nail that bastard to the wall
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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM
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I hope she does!

Quoting LaughingTattoo:

Get em girl!


MrsSamMerlotte
by Bronze Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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Hope she wins
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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM

They should pay for it!

Quoting AdrianneHill:

Nail that bastard to the wall


annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Yep

Quoting MrsSamMerlotte:

Hope she wins


annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM

BUMP!

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