Miami Heat lawyer who was “harassed and dismissed for maternity leave after adopting a newborn baby” filed a lawsuit against the NBA team to get her job back
- Vared Yakovee took maternity leave from her job as a lawyer for the Miami Heat in July 2019 after hearing that she was selected to adopt a newborn baby
- She claims that she was harassed by her supervisor after her return to work in October, before being terminated from her position in December
- Yakovee claims that her resignation is due to the fact that she took maternity leave and claims that the company has violated the American Family and Medical Leave Act
- She has filed a lawsuit against the NBA team and is asking for a jury case law
A former Miami Heat attorney is prosecuting the NBA team and claiming to have violated the American Family and Medical Leave Act after firing her for maternity leave.
Vared Yakovee, who started working with the Heat in 2015, filed the lawsuit with the federal court last week in search of $ 75,000 in damages and claimed her job back.
According to her claim, Yakovee was approved to become an adoptive parent in the fall of 2018 and heard that she was selected to adopt a newborn baby in July 2019.
Upon hearing the news, Yakovee would have told her supervisor that she should take “immediate parental leave.”
The supervisor – Executive Vice President and General Counsel Raquel Libman – is said to have expressed her dissatisfaction with the situation to Yakovee, as well as other Miami Heat employees and external advisors.
Despite such complaints, Yakovee took her right to 12 weeks of leave following the adoption of her newborn baby.
Vared Yakovee, who started working with the Heat in 2015, filed a lawsuit with the federal court last week in search of damages in excess of $ 75,000 and claimed her job back
Yakovee claims she was harassed by her supervisor Raquel Libman (left), before being terminated by President of the Heat’s business, Eric Woolworth (right)
The lawsuit states that the new mother has repeatedly volunteered to return to the office during her leave to “ensure that she has transferred things in an organized and effective manner, and to tackle other important matters.”
Libman is accused of beating her back on all occasions.
When she returned to work after her parental leave, Yakovee claims that she was treated by Libman with “contempt and hostility.”
Yakovee accuses Libman of harassment, claims that the supervisor has “scolded” her, “made comments,” harassed her with colleagues, canceled meetings, and wrongfully criticized her work.
Libman is also said to have “complained about her FMLA leave, not only privately, but also publicly in group meetings and in email correspondence.”
Yakovee took the matter to the chairman of the Heat business operations, Eric Woolworth, and asked a “neutral investigator” to solve the problem. He refused.
Yakovee (photo) started working with the Heat in 2015 and never took a sick day before December 2019. She also received annual bonuses for her good work with the company
New mother Yakovee now demands that her case be heard by a jury and she will not have the heat “buy her silence”
On December 17 – two months after her return to work – Yakovee asked for a sick day to take her baby to the doctor. Her claim states that “she had never taken a single sick day in her entire tenure at the Miami Heat.”
Upon returning to the office after taking half a day off, Woolworth called Yakovee to his office to tell her that she had been fired and had to leave immediately.
She says she has subsequently received a text message from the Heat’s external counsel to encourage her “to immediately implement a non-negotiable, take-it-or-leave-it” general release and divorce agreement she would renounce all her rights in exchange for monetary compensation. “She refused the offer.
Yakovee now demands that her case be heard by a jury, claiming that she will not have the Heat “buy her silence.”
The Heat has not released a public statement about the lawsuit.
DailyMail.com has contacted the communication department of the NBA team for comments.
Yakovee worked at the Heat office in the American Airlines Arena in Miami (photo)