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What Happens When You Have To Give Birth In A Hotel?

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November 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | ()

Here's one kid who's going to have serious bragging rights when they grow up: being born at the Standard Hotel. Talk about starting early!

Tara Kimkee Tan, a former hotel manager at the Standard, was on duty one Saturday night in April 2011, when she suddenly went into labor, and was forced to give birth in a guest room. Which is bad enough, but Yahoo! reports that Tan is now suing Standard for $10 million, claiming that the hotel carelessly shooed her out the side door after the delivery, neglected to offer her maternity leave, and then fired her four months later for 'stealing hotel property.'

Tan complains she was treated poorly by the Standard, having helped with the hotel's launch and never once being offered a promotion. Of course, the hotel officially opened in 2008, so that's kind of a long time to go without any kind of recognition.

Not to mention: this was her second child, and when she gave birth the first time, she didn't get maternity leave then, either.

In addition to all this, Tan claims she was repeatedly told she "did not fit the culture of the hotel" (which is what, exactly? softcore porn and beer 'staches?). Tan's lawyer said:

"She gave birth around 2:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning. As you can imagine, that's the busiest time in the hotel, when its bars and clubs are in full swing. So she's placed into a guest room while her husband is struggling to get there in time. She delivers the baby and is ushered out a side door so as not to upset the guests."

From the sound of it, the baby turned out ok. So to answer our original question, not much happens when you have to give birth in a hotel. But if you're doing it at the Standard, don't expect any special treatment!

[Photo: HotelChatter; inset, Yahoo!]

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