A former manager at a top New York hotel is suing her employer after she was fired after giving birth in one of the rooms.
Tara Tan filed a $10 million discrimination lawsuit against the Standard Hotel claiming that she was terminated after she went into emergency labor in a 15th-floor room last March. She had continued working late into her pregnancy against her doctor’s advice.
Her husband rushed from their New Jersey home when the contractions started, but by the time he arrived at the hotel, she was too far along to move.
“I said, ‘Lay me down. She’s coming,’ ” Tan said in court documents obtained by the New York Post.
Husband Sean Kehoe delivered the couple’s daughter himself with their doctor’s instructions over the phone.
When the ambulance arrived, the hotel insisted they use the side door so that they wouldn’t disturb the guests.
Tan’s lawsuit claims she was docked for the hours she missed when she returned to work three days later. She said she often worked 100 hours a week at the hotel and helped it get off the ground when it first opened and that she found her duties slowly being taken away before being fired earlier this year after she was falsely accused of stealing boxes from her office.
Tan said she was fired because she no longer fit into the “culture of the hotel.” The lawsuit says Tan “did not possess the physical attributes to work at the hotel because at over 40 years of age and having recently given birth to two children she was, so far as defendants were concerned, not young, thin of model-like proportions, or one of ‘the beautiful people’ desired at the hotel.”
Tan’s lawyer, Keith Watanabe, said, “She’s a good soul and a hard worker, and deserved better.”
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