NEW YORK (Reuters) – The former chief of staff, driven out of WeWork CEO Adam Neumann has been accused of it, and the company of discrimination, saying she feared for the health of her unborn baby, because of Neumann’s penchant for smoking marijuana on a chartered aircraft.
FILE PHOTO: Adam Neumann, CEO of WeWork, speaks to the guests at the TechCrunch disrupt event in midtown Manhattan in New York City, NY, USA, May 15, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
She also said that she has been replaced by a man more than twice her annual salary if she is on maternity leave.
In a complaint filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,, Medina, Bardhi, she said, and she began suffering discrimination shortly after it to tell of the Stand that she was pregnant with her first child in may of 2016.
She said in the complaint that she had been reluctant to tell him early on in the pregnancy, but was forced to do so because he was smoking marijuana on the flight, potentially exposing her child to second-hand smoke.
Bardhi said that she had been fired, six months after the birth of her second child in just a few weeks after that, the concerns about discrimination related to pregnancy and childbirth.
“WeWork’s plans to continue to vigorously defend itself against these claims,” the company said in a statement. “We have a zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind.”
Medina’s complaint, filed on behalf of a proposed class of other female employees, but also the names of Jennifer Berrent, who was, WeWork’s chief legal officer, it has been referred to Bardhi’s pregnancy as a “problem” that needed to be “fixed”.
Neumann, also known as Bardhi’s upcoming maternity leave as a “vacation,” the complaint said.
Bardhi said that when she is back from maternity leave, she was not at her old job for a few months now.
The pattern repeated itself when she became pregnant in 2018, has a child and is on maternity leave again, according to Bardhi, the problem. She was fired on Oct. 2, just one week after Neumann, stepped down as WeWork’s chief executive and was told that her role had been eliminated, according to the complaint.
WeWork is now also faced with other claims of discrimination, including a lawsuit by a former senior vice-president, Shirley Bridges, who said that the company was trying to force her out when she’s presented evidence that it was compensated for men are better than women.
Neumann agreed to step down as CEO, and to give up majority control of the company, in September, after the SoftBank Group Corp. and the other owners turned him over for a dip in the company’s expected valuation for the planned initial public offering.
Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Dan Grebler