Trump Campaign CEO Fired A Woman On Maternity Leave, Suit Alleges

A lawsuit showed that Trump’s campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon, fired a woman while she was on maternity leave and suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

Donald Trump’s campaign chief is making headlines again, this time, it’s surrounding the controversy of him terminating his former employee who is suffering from a disease. 

Stephen Bannon, the leader of Trump’s presidential campaign, fired a woman from her job while she was on maternity leave and afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis, the New York Daily News reports.

A 2005 lawsuit allegedly states that Julia Panely-Pacetti was discharged from American Vantage Companies by Bannon, “because she became a mother,” because she is a woman,” and “because of her sex.”

Panely-Pacetti’s discontinuation of her job, in which she reported to Bannon, “occurred while she was on a protected Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) maternity leave, even though she had been forced to continue performing her job responsibilities from home throughout her maternity leave.”

"Ms. Julia Panely-Pacetti, a new mother who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), was terminated by Defendants from her position as head of public relations and corporate marketing because of her sex and her disability," the lawsuit states. 

The Trump campaign CEO and other bosses at American Vantage Companies “did not respect her maternity leave” and one executive “called her throughout the day and night regarding a press release,” Panely-Pacetti said.

Instead of stopping the unidentified executive from the harassment, Bannon “demanded in an email that Ms. Panely-Pacetti respond to questions and (work related) requests more quickly.”

She was fired the same day that she applied for short-term disability after suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

Her sudden termination led her to experience "severe emotional and financial harm" and she wanted to be paid for damages she suffered from Bannon. 

Bannon's former employee alleges in the lawsuit that before she went on maternity leave, he "became less available to her on professional matters" and "spoke disparagingly of her pregnancy." 

The Trump campaign failed to respond to immediate inquiries about the lawsuit.

According to the New York Post, the lawsuit was settled and a spokeswoman for Bannon said, "Ms. Panely-Pancetti was not fired but laid off with al the personnel in her entire division during a corporate restructuring where the parent company exited its international sales and marketing business, and shut down its communications department." 

This isn’t the first time Bannon has been scrutinized in the news.

Recently, it was reported that the campaign chief once faced domestic violence charges for attacking his wife and he is allegedly illegally registered to vote in Florida.

Bannon’s inexcusable past behavior makes him the perfect person to lead a bigoted and loud-mouthed Trump, but he’s not a right fit to lead a presidential campaign. 

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