WeWork CEO Adam Neumann & # 39; s chief of staff was fired after he & # 39; called her maternity leave a vacation and she stopped traveling on his plane because he smoked marijuana & # 39;
- Medina Bardhi filed a class action complaint in New York on Thursday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- She has accused Adam Neumann of WeWork of pregnancy discrimination
- Bardhi claims that she was relegated after returning from maternity leave and later fired for complaining to managers
- She claims the discrimination started after she stopped traveling with Neumann on work trips because he smoked marijuana on his plane
- Bardhi also claims that Neumann's maternity leave & # 39; retirement & # 39; and & # 39; vacation & # 39; called
- WeWork said in a statement that they would vigorously defend the allegations in the court case and they have a zero tolerance for discrimination
WeWork & # 39; s dismissed CEO Adam Neumann is charged with pregnancy discrimination after his former chief of staff claimed she was relegated after birth and later fired when she expressed her concerns to executives.
Medina Bardhi filed a class action complaint on Thursday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming that Neumann repeatedly discriminated against her in the five years she worked at WeWork as his chief of staff.
She says in the DailyMail.com complaint that she gave birth to her two children in the five years that she worked at WeWork.
Bardhi says she first became pregnant in March 2016 after two years of working at WeWork.
She claims that she should have told Neumann before she wanted to, because she had to explain why she could no longer accompany him on business trips in his private plane.
Medina Bardhi filed a class action complaint in New York on Thursday, in which her former boss, WeWork & # 39; s dismissed CEO Adam Neumann, was accused of pregnancy discrimination
The complaint states that it was known that Neumann smoked marijuana on his private plane and that & Bardhi clearly could not expose her unborn child to marijuana smoke, let alone hours in such a closed room & # 39 ;.
Bardhi claims that Neumann also made mocking public and private comments at her in the workplace that her maternity leave as & # 39; retirement & # 39; and & # 39; vacation & # 39; endangered.
She claims that Neumann has punished her for taking maternity leave.
Bardhi claims that every time she returned to work after her maternity leave, her role was drastically reduced, she was relegated and she had lifted male workers above her.
The complaint says that whenever Bardhi told Neumann that she was pregnant, WeWork went looking for permanent replacements for her role. She claims that she was eventually replaced by a & # 39; less experienced and under-qualified & # 39; man.
She said that after being sidelined when she returned from maternity leave in March 2019, she claims that she had no choice but to complain to multiple executives about the alleged discrimination.
Bardhi claims that she was fired without notice on October 2, claiming to have been fired just weeks after she expressed her management concerns about discrimination related to her pregnancy and maternity leave.
In the lawsuit, Bardhi says she was told that dismissal was the result of the company that ended its role.
WeWork said in a statement that they would vigorously defend the charges in the trial.
She claims that she should have told Neumann before she wanted to, because she had to explain why she could no longer accompany him on business trips in his private plane because he allegedly smoked marijuana
WeWork said in a statement that they would vigorously defend the allegations in the trial and that they have a zero tolerance for discrimination
& # 39; We do not have any tolerance for discrimination, & # 39; said a spokesperson. & # 39; We strive to help the company move forward and build a company and culture that our employees can be proud of. & # 39;
Bardhit & # 39; s lawyer, Douglas H. Wigdor, of Wigdor LLP said: & # 39; Our hope is that this class action complaint sends a loud and clear message to WeWork and other startups that pregnant women cannot get out of their jobs forced, that women should be paid fairly and offered equal opportunities, and that you cannot retaliate against a person who complains about discrimination. & # 39;
Neumann stepped down as CEO of the company on September 24 and has since received an exit package of $ 1.7 billion.
His resignation only came a few weeks after the sudden public offering of WeWork derailed. The IPO was stopped in September when investors continued to be frightened by towering valuations.
Investors had wondered whether the business model was sustainable in view of the large losses it suffered and the way in which Neumann led the company.
WeWork's largest shareholder, SoftBank Group Corp, has since provided a $ 9.5 billion lifeline and acquired the company.
That bet contributes to the approximately $ 10 billion SoftBank that has already sunk into the startup.
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