Lawsuit: AOL's CEO Fired Worker When She Lost 2 Babies

Tim Armstrong's issues with pregnant employees go back to 2005
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2014 6:07 PM CST
Lawsuit: AOL's CEO Fired Worker When She Lost 2 Babies
In this Friday, April 22 2011 photo, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at AOL headquarters in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Does AOL CEO Tim Armstrong have an issue with pregnant employees? Well, that's what Valleywag is wondering. To recap, Armstrong caused a stir last week by shifting the company's 401(K) payment schedule to a year-end lump sum—because, he said, AOL has had to pay big bucks to "two AOL-ers that had distressed babies." He undid the changes Saturday amid a shockwave of bad press, but it seems Armstrong's issues with pregnancy go back the days when he was Google's VP of national sales.

In a 2005 lawsuit, former Google worker Christina Elwell alleged that Armstrong fired her after medical issues with a pregnancy prevented her from traveling for a "few weeks." Armstrong had promoted her to a top sales-director position and publicly praised her work, but in the month she lost two unborn children, Armstrong demoted her. He then fired her and rehired her for a lower-level position that she hated, and she was discharged from Google, according to the suit, the Wall Street Journal reports. Elwell apparently got a decent settlement from the company via arbitration that left both parties unable to discuss the matter publicly. See her lawsuit at Valleywag. (More Tim Armstrong stories.)

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