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
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)

(Newser) – 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.

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Feb 15, 2014 12:41 PM CST
I am wondering where this guy was hatched this guy doesn't seem to be human
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Feb 13, 2014 11:24 AM CST
Companies sometimes try to get employees with kid issues to quit. A car dealership wanted a buddy to quit when his son got a very rare disease. He was a top Chevy mechanic who went to all the out of state trainings and certification updates. Yes, he was Mr. Goodwrench. As the bills rolled in they didn't like it. His work didn't suffer but they still wanted him to leave. Some of his pay was from spiffs on the extra work he got the person to take like a transmission flush, new tires, body work, etc. They started making him lower level work such as parts running, lot porting, and building maintenance. It didn't change when the kid finally reached the $2M insurance limit and he was transferred to Medicaid. He wound up doing what they wanted, he quit and became an electrician.
Feb 11, 2014 10:26 PM CST
God don't like ugly! And He especially doesn't like ugly when it comes to his little babies! Armstrong will get his in due course. What goes around comes around!