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Fixing a ‘problem’: WeWork chief accused of sidelining pregnant worker

WeWork and its embattled former chief executive officer, Adam Neumann, were hit with a federal bias complaint by his ex-chief-of-staff for alleged pregnancy and gender discrimination, the latest of several recent lawsuits against the office-sharing company.

The complaint, filed on Thursday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s New York office, comes as WeWork, fresh from a failed initial public offering, faces criticism over its all-male board, which it’s trying to diversify.

WeWork founder Adam Neumann is facing more backlash, this time over claims he discriminated against a pregnant executive.

WeWork founder Adam Neumann is facing more backlash, this time over claims he discriminated against a pregnant executive.Credit:AP

Medina Bardhi, a WeWork employee for more than five years, gave birth to two children while working for Neumann, and the company searched for a permanent replacement for her each time, according to a statement from her lawyer, Douglas Wigdor.

“Like clockwork, each time Ms Bardhi returned to work following her maternity leave, WeWork’s management transparently and systematically marginalised and discriminated against her by drastically and materially reducing her role and/or demoting her outright,” Wigdor said in the statement.

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