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Ex-Worker Says It's a

Hard Knocked-Up Life

at Jay's Club

10/26/2007 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A woman is suing hip-hop impresario Jay-Z and his swank 40/40 Club, alleging she was fired because her preggy condition didn't suit the club's "sexy" and "unattached" image for the staff. But a source tells TMZ that the real reason Folake Ogundiran isn't working at 40/40 anymore is pretty simple -- she just stopped showing up!

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In the suit, obtained by TMZ and filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Folake, who worked as a sales associate for 40/40, claims that when she told her bosses she was pregnant, a female supervisor snapped that she couldn't run a business "like this," and told her not to show up the next day. When Folake tried to report for work two days later, she says she was "barred from entering the workplace" and denied unemployment benefits.

Folake suggests that she got the 86 because her "gestational status" would be "inconsistent' with the image 40/40 wanted its sales people to exude, namely, "young, fashionable, unattached, and 'sexy," as the suit reads. She's suing for discrimination, and seeking unspecified damages. A source tells TMZ that Ogundiran did in fact stop showing up for work, and despite the club's efforts, she never returned.

40/40 rep Ron Berkowitz tells TMZ the suit is without merit and that "like many other lawsuits" brought against Jay-Z, "will likely be dismissed."
42 COMMENTS

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1.

SweetP    

What makes everyone think she was a bartender or waitress, maybe she was a cleck or administrator. And been pregnant is NOT a crime, MATERNITY LEAVE should have been given reguardless if she has morning sickness or whatever! plus making fun of peoples names is not KOOL dudes!

Good luck to her, once you have your proof go for it! God speed..........may justice be served.

Don't hate the player, hate the game!

2361 days ago
2.

carlos    

FIRST

2450 days ago
3.

Geminat    

Honestly, what is the point of the "FIRST!!!" posts?
what are you, 12? or a Britney fan?
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http://geminat.com

2450 days ago
4.

Rocco and David    



JayZ is just fugly!

2450 days ago
5.

Jizy    

Suing to get your job back at a bar? Yeah, those jobs are really hard to get, you wanna keep your job? Keep your legs closed!

2450 days ago
6.

christy    

Jay z is thje man and peeps are hating..

http://www.spymac.com/details/?2290046

2450 days ago
7.

QueenV    

There are many celebrities who believe their "status" places them above adherence to the laws of the land. I hope that if this young woman's claim is substantiative that she will be suitably compensated for her grievances against this establishment. It is unfortunate that in this 21st century looking cute takes precedence over the gift of life.

2450 days ago
8.

Standards are badly needed.    

OOOOOOh. You can't DO that. I smell settlement. How misogynistic of them. You go, girl,
because it's blatantly wrong, if that's how it rolled. Maybe Beyonce might think twice about getting pregnant if that's how Jay rolls. Just sayin.

2450 days ago
9.

Justice?    

That was silly @ Jizzy...it's called Maternity leave, women shouldn't be expected not to reproduce to keep a job, most companies provide that as a benefit and things like that should be a factor in salary as well...people would get paid much more if the employers didn't PLAN to provide benefits such as paid time off, M-leave, blah blah blah

2450 days ago
10.

suoires    

DAM TMZ..I KNOW YOU HAVE SEVERAL HUNDRED FILE PHOTOS OF JAY, YET YOU CHOSE TO GO WITH THE MOST JACKET UP ONE YOU COULD FIND...you suck.

2450 days ago
11.

Honey    

That law suit will not fly at ALL! It's just another weak A** lawsuit from sum bimbo who thinks she can get some money out of it! I agree with one of the people above who said they are suing to keep a job at a bar please! get another one!! there are plenty of bars around...also working in a bar pregnant isn't cool anyway. If Jay Z has that sexy single image for his club he has that right. A big belly serving up sum drinks is disgusting!!

2450 days ago
12.

LL    

I've been to 40/40 and it is very upscale- the waitressed there do wear heels/pumps. Now what if her pregnant ass falls and hurts herself? The first thing she is going to do is wanna sue because they had a pregnant woman walking around in heels!!!!! This woman will end up suing Jay Z either way you put it!!!

2450 days ago
13.

Wicked    

I know this isn't nice, so I apologize, but JayZ is not a purty person.

2450 days ago
14.

cart    

MY wife was fired from a job because she needed to be on light duty due to her pregnancy. There was a perfect place for her to do this in her department, nobody liked being on the phone bank, and they took turns each week being stuck in there.
We talked to lawyers, and even her union rep. Nothing could be done. Pregnancy is not looked at as a disability, so, you can be fired for being pregnant.

2450 days ago
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DARK MEAT ONLY    

To Cart;

Does it depend on your state jurisdictional laws? Some years ago, Spelling Production Inc. fired an actress because she became pregnant, and they had to pay her a settlment for their decision.

2450 days ago
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