Tara Tan with her newborn baby in April 2011.In a horrifying allegation, a hotel manager is suing her former employer for $10 million, claiming she was forced to give birth in a guest room without any assistance last year when she went into labor on the job.
Tara Kimkee Tan had already had her share of problems at her job before the incident in April. Tan's attorney, William Keith Watanabe, told Yahoo! Shine that 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, 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, 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 did not respond to requests for comment.
Though Tan continued to work from home in the weeks following her delivery, her attorney says she was fired in august for allegedly stealing 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, 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," Watanabe said. But, he says, The Standard never offered her a promotion.
It is Tan and her attorney's belief that The Standard was prejudiced against Ms. Tan because she is Malaysian and over 40 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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