Pregnant Hotel Manager Forced to Give Birth in Guest Room, Suit Alleges

Tara Tan with her newborn baby in April 2011.In a horrifying allegation, a hotel manager is suing her former employer for $10 million dollars, claiming she was forced to give birth in a guest room without any assistance last April when she went into labor on the job.

Tara Kimkee Tan had already had her share of problems in her position as hotel manager before the incident in April. Ms. Tan's attorney, William Keith Watanabe, told Yahoo! Shine that Ms. Tan was never offered any kind of maternity leave during her four years working as hotel manager for The Standard Hotel. In the months leading up to the incident in April, Ms. Tan claims the hotel repeatedly told her "she did not fit the culture of the hotel," one of the trendiest nightlife destinations in New York City.

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On the evening of April 30, 2011, Ms. Tan went into labor at work. "She gave birth around 2:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning," her attorney explained. "As you can imagine, that's the busiest time in the hotel, when its bars and clubs are in full swing. So she's placed into a guest room while her husband is struggling to get there in time. She delivers the baby and is ushered out a side door so as not to upset the guests."

The Standard Hotel's representative could not be reached for comment.

Though Ms. Tan continued to work from home in the weeks following her delivery, the hotel fired her in August, claiming she stole hotel property. "A false claim--those boxes were filled with her personal effects like baby gifts. You know when you are married to your job you have things you leave in the office," her lawyer remarked.

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As for her record, Ms. Tan "has been working in the hotel industry for a long time. She has worked her way up the ladder. She was recruited for this job at The Standard and joined them before it was even operational." But The Standard never offered her a promotion. "She was having children - you have to assume that certainly impacted their decision not to promote her," Mr. Watanabe said.

It is Ms. Tan and her attorney's belief that The Standard was prejudiced against Ms. Tan because she is Malaysian and over forty years old. "She's not six feet tall and blond-hair and blue eyed," Mr. Watanabe said, remarking on the stereotypes of what's considered "in" at The Standard Hotel.

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