Breaking News: Trump Staffer Sues 2016 Campaign Team for Pregnancy Discrimination and Breach of Contract
A.J. Delgado has filed a pregnancy discrimination and breach of contract lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court on Monday December 23, 2019 against the 2016 Donald Trump Campaign, Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon.
According to the complaint, in December 2016, Ms. Delgado informed the campaign and its senior officials of her pregnancy. Prior to this point, Ms. Delgado was one of the most outspoken supporters of the Trump Campaign, and President Trump referred to her as his “star” and promised that she would join him in the white house if he won the election. Ms. Delgado campaigned on many levels for President Trump and was recognized by the campaign and its senior officials for her efforts.
Once she informed the campaign of her pregnancy, Ms. Delgado stopped receiving emails about projects to which she was previously assigned and was stripped of her responsibilities. During this time, Ms. Delgado was subject to discriminatory remarks. Jason Miller, her supervisor and the Senior Communications Specialist, allegedly stated, “We can’t have you waddling around the White House pregnant.” Sean Spicer allegedly commented, “The White House is no place for a new mother.” These were a few of the comments that created a hostile work environment for Ms. Delgado, leading to the initial claim of pregnancy discrimination. In addition, although the campaign team did not disband after the inauguration, Ms. Delgado was terminated from the campaign team.
Ms. Delgado made it clear she intended to file a lawsuit against the campaign and others for the alleged pregnancy discrimination. The Campaign, in turn, offered to negotiate a settlement. With a mediator, the parties agreed to a settlement of the claims.
Despite the fact that it was clear the parties had settled the claims, the campaign and its legal team reneged on the settlement, refusing to perform on their obligations. In addition, the Campaign filed a retaliatory Arbitration case against Ms. Delgado, claiming that she violated her non-disclosure agreement.
According to Ms. Delgado’s attorney, Abe Melamed of the Derek Smith Law Group, “A deal is a deal, no matter the parties involved. This is a fairly simple case. It is primarily a breach of contract dispute. Our client, Ms. Delgado, knew she had a claim of pregnancy discrimination and wanted to seek the compensation she deserved. The Defendants agreed to settle the case and then unceremoniously decided to renege on the settlement agreement. Ms. Delgado did everything she could legally do to get the Defendants to honor their deal, but unfortunately, they would not budge.
However, in the alternative, should the Court decide there was no settlement, Ms. Delgado is entitled to pursue her claims of pregnancy discrimination. Additionally, she has a retaliation claim based on the Defendant’s non-disclosure agreement Arbitration, which is independent of the claims that were settled. This is what we do. We help people, like Ms. Delgado, fight employers in the courtroom when they have been wronged, forcing them to honor their contractual agreements and the law.”
The Derek Smith Law Group is an employment discrimination and sexual harassment law firm with offices located in New York City, Philadelphia, Miami, Los Angeles, and New Jersey. The firm is dedicated to getting justice for employees who have been wronged in the workplace.
To learn more about how the Derek Smith Law Group can help you handle your workplace pregnancy discrimination, breach of contract, retaliation, and sexual harassment claims, call us at (800) 807-2209 for a free consultation. One of our experienced employment discrimination and sexual harassment attorneys will be happy to discuss your case and determine how we may be able to help.