Former 2016 Trump Campaign Adviser Files Lawsuit Alleging Pregnancy Discrimination

Jason Miller, a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, speaks to media at Trump Tower, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Jason Miller, a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, speaks to media at Trump Tower, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

 

A former staffer on President Trump’s 2016 campaign has filed a lawsuit against the campaign and some of its top advisers claiming pregnancy and sex discrimination. Arlene “AJ” Delgado, a well-known conservative pundit alleges that the campaign staff treated her unfairly and prevented her from obtaining a position in the White House when she became pregnant. 

Delgado joined the campaign in August 2016 and claims she made more than 100 TV appearances over the next three months to promote Trump. She found out that she was pregnant in November 2016 by Jason Miller, a Trump campaign strategist. Miller, who is married, publicly confessed to being the child’s father. 

According to her lawsuit, Delgado was told that she could not be seen “waddling around the White House pregnant.” She also claims she was ostracized after informing senior campaign staff about her pregnancy. Sean Spicer, who would become the president’s press secretary, allegedly told her that the White House is “no place for a new mom” 

Between December 2016 and President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, Delgado claims the campaign took away her job responsibilities and has been denied the opportunity to work in the White House. The suit alleges that she “was even prohibited from making previously scheduled television appearances on and around Inauguration Day.” 

Additionally, the suit alleges that Delgado, “Immediately and inexplicably stopped receiving emails and other communications from the Campaign and TFA, including about projects on which she was currently working.” The suit continues: “Plaintiff was excluded from participating in the communications work of the Inauguration or in any capacity, even though she was still formally part of the Communications Transition team.”

This isn’t the first lawsuit filed in regards to the relationship between Delgado and Miller. He filed a libel suit against Splinter, a news website, related to comments made by Delgado about the affair. The suit was intended to prevent her from speaking publicly about her role on the Trump campaign. 

During the transition period, Miller was chosen to be the White House communications director. But he withdrew after reports of the relationship came to light. He later obtained employment with CNN, but resigned after the Splinter report surfaced. The report brought up court filings accusing him of covertly slipping an abortion pill into the drink of another woman with whom he was having an affair. 

It’s not clear how Delgado’s lawsuit might impact the president, but the fact that it is limited to campaign staff, and not Trump himself indicates that it might not become an effective political weapon. 

 

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