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

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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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angelachristine
by Bronze Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM
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I'm not usually lawsuit happy but in this case it's deserved and I hope she wins!

D.O.E.
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:32 PM
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how can you guys NOT have mat leave? what about sick leave? my doc is pulling me off work and putting me on paid sick leave at 26 weeks, ( i am about 20 now) and i will be on sick leave right up to a wek before i am to be on mat leave. and i think i get about a year mat leave, all paid. because i paid into EI and have ever since i have worked a job. period. 

i guess that just goes to show how little importance corporate america or the federal gov't , has for families, children, and quality of life.  such bullshit. i hope she takes it a step farther and lobbies for mandated mat leave for all americans who have worked at least 900 hours in the last year.

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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Quoting angelachristine:

I'm not usually lawsuit happy but in this case it's deserved and I hope she wins!

Me too. I think there too many pity lawsuits are filed. But this one is not one of those. I hope it become landmark case 

Maevelyn
by Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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if this is true I hope she gets every penny


annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM

You are in Canada right?

I love your country!

Quoting D.O.E.:

how can you guys NOT have mat leave? what about sick leave? my doc is pulling me off work and putting me on paid sick leave at 26 weeks, ( i am about 20 now) and i will be on sick leave right up to a wek before i am to be on mat leave. and i think i get about a year mat leave, all paid. because i paid into EI and have ever since i have worked a job. period. 

i guess that just goes to show how little importance corporate america or the federal gov't , has for families, children, and quality of life.  such bullshit. i hope she takes it a step farther and lobbies for mandated mat leave for all americans who have worked at least 900 hours in the last year.


babygirl7161
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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Wow! I hope she wins
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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM

I hope she wins, that is most important. They treat her as second citizen, ignored her condition, don't get her a doctor while she was in delivery, left her two hours in room, with no help, till her husband arrived.. I can't just wrapped my head around, how anyone can treat the woman like this?

Quoting Maevelyn:

if this is true I hope she gets every penny



SunFlower700
by Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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With both of my kids, I worked right up until the time I went into labour.  Difference is, it was my choice as I worked in an office and my bosses both jobs knew and were okay it.  I'm still shocked that the U.S. has no paid maternity leave.  I would have thought that there you would get at least 6 weeks paid mat leave. 

Hope Tan wins her law suit.

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