A pair of ultra-wealthy Democratic donors fired their nine-months-pregnant housekeeper after she requested maternity leave, court records reveal.
Her firing, which she said violated California employment law, came after weeks of alleged retaliation and harassment by one of her employers, Laura Baxter-Simons, who, the housekeeper claimed, objected to her request for maternity leave.
Baxter-Simons is married to hedge fund tycoon Nathaniel Simons. The two are high-dollar donors to Democratic candidates—though Baxter-Simons has also donated to Republicans—and run a foundation that distributes tens of millions of dollars to left-wing groups each year.
Simons and his wife are the owners of Elan Household, LLC, a company they created to manage household expenses, including salaries and benefits for three housekeepers, at their 6,700 square-foot home in Berkeley.
Elan hired Madalyn Garcia as a cook and housekeeper in June 2010. Garcia claimed that she was a good employee who routinely earned bonuses based on performance.