Former Employee Sues Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club, Says She Lost Job over Pregnancy

A former employee has filed a lawsuit against Jay-Z and his upscale Manhattan sports bar, the 40/40 Club, claiming that she was fired when she informed her boss that she was pregnant. According to the lawsuit, which was obtained by TMZ.com, former 40/40 sales associate Folake Ogundiran, claims she was verbally reprimanded when she informed a female supervisor of her pregnancy. Ogundiran says the supervisor told her that “she can’t run a business like this” and advised her not to report to work the next day. The former sales associate claims that she was then barred from entering the workplace and denied unemployment benefits. She also insists that repeated calls to management to clear up the situation were ignored. As detailed in the suit, Ogundiran believes that she was discriminated against because she was pregnant and therefore was “inconsistent with the image 40/40 wanted its sales people to exude, namely, young, fashionable, unattached, and sexy.” Ron Berkowitz, a rep for the club, told TMZ that the suit lacks merit and, “like many other lawsuits” brought against Jay-Z and 40/40,“will likely be dismissed.”

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Normally you may get a grand and your job back.
    Bet she gets about a million.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    The nerve of the 40/40 Club to expect its staff to conform to a certain image.

  • REESE

    MAN…..

    HOW WOULD THE 4O/4O LOOK WITH A PREGNANT WAITRESS????

    BUT IT IS KINDA MESSED-UP THAT SHE LOST HER JOB.

  • shikahree

    sucks to be rich lol
    http://icedotcom.blogspot.com

  • Iconn

    What their doing is perfectly legal. Remember “Hooters”

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    Why would a preggo bitch work in a fuckin bar?

    And if they didnt fire her, she prolly woulda drank on the job, miscarried, and sued em for that shit.

  • Da Kid

    Dam, aint dis some bull!! and Jay seems to be the one who has to pay for it when he most likely wasnt even there.

  • CHICAGORILLA

    WOW Goldigger, she was giving too much free mouth and lip service in the VIP room, she just want Jay to be the father, see you on Maury chick

  • meeka

    JAY SUCKS HE COULD HAVE GAVE HER Maternity leave AND THE 40/40 IS NOT JUST A BAR IS LIKE A CLUB RESTURANT..ITS NOT RIGHT JAY I AM NOY BUYING YA ALBUM

  • Rich Arte

    That’s some bull-ish. they could’ve given her a leave of absence, not fired her…now how she supposed to support the newborn?? i can understand the image part, but what hapened to being treated fairly??

  • Mr.Defrosted
  • http://www.myspace.com/denissevillarreal denisse

    thats sucks for her that she’s pregnant

    http://www.myspace.com/denissevillarreal