Ingraham's former personal assistant sues over alleged pregnancy discrimination

Ingraham's former personal assistant sues over alleged pregnancy discrimination
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The former personal assistant to Fox News host Laura Ingraham is suing her former employer for alleged pregnancy discrimination.

Karolina Wilson filed a lawsuit against Ingraham and Ingraham Media Group in D.C. Superior Court last month, alleging pregnancy discrimination in violation of the D.C. Human Rights Act, the District of Columbia Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014 and the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act.

Attorneys for Ingraham have sought to dismiss the suit.

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Wilson alleges in the lawsuit, first reported by The Washington Post, that after she informed Ingraham of her pregnancy in March 2017, she “observed Ingraham becoming distant and angry with her work performance.”

She also said that after she asked the company about its maternity leave policy, she was asked to start working “from home immediately or one week after giving birth.” 

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She alleges that the company told her that they wouldn’t be able to have her out for eight weeks of leave, and that she should commit to working from home two or three weeks after giving birth.

After she returned to work, she says the chief executive of Ingraham's company told her that her position had been eliminated.

Ingraham and her company rejected the allegations in a partial motion filed last month to dismiss the suit, saying that Wilson’s work before her pregnancy wasn’t “extremely efficient” as Wilson had claimed, that her position was eliminated and there wasn't another job available for her at the company.

They also argued that the company was not large enough to have violated the District’s Family and Medical Leave Act as Wilson alleges.

Ingraham's lawyer, Betty S.W. Graumlich, in a statement said the claims "are wholly without merit as our filed response makes abundantly clear. We look forward to proving this in Court.”

Graumlich did not immediately return The Hill's request for comment. Fox News deferred to Ingraham's attorney for comment.

Wilson says she worked for Ingraham until she went into labor in August. The lawsuit claims that Ingraham, who has three children, wished Wilson luck in a text after being informed the assistant was going into labor. Ingraham then sent text messages with more assignments, the suit alleges.

“Pls just have someone take over the nanny interviews which are critical. Just make sure [the nanny] has everything. Need that exercise equip person to come fix etc.,” some of the texts read, according to the court documents.

After being fired, Wilson alleges the company allowed her to continue working for three weeks so Wilson would be eligible for unemployment insurance.

During that period, she also claims that she was forced to pump breast milk in her car at a nearby garage after the office refused to provide her with a private place to pump in the office.

“I had no lunch breaks. I pumped when I found a minute, here and there, making sure I wasn’t interfering with anything that was on the schedule,” Wilson told The Washington Post.

In its motion, Ingraham's attorneys deny that she was hostile toward Wilson after learning of her pregnancy or that she knew Wilson needed a location to pump breast milk.