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Mom sues insurance firm for 'firing her because her kids kept interrupting calls during lockdown'

A California mother-of-two is suing her former employer, claiming they fired her because her two children interrupted calls during the coronavirus lockdown. 

Drisana Rios, 35, who lives with her daughter Dani, four, and son Dylan, one, in San Diego, says she was let go from Hub International on June 2 after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered non essential workers to stay home.

She filed a lawsuit last month alleging gender discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. In it she claims her supervisor was ‘motivated by a clear bias against mothers’, The New York Times reports. 

A spokesman for Hub International said: ‘While we can’t comment on pending litigation, Hub is proud to have successfully transitioned 90 percent of its 12,000-plus employees to working remotely from home throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.’

Drisana Rios, pictured with her two kids, says she was let go from Hub International on June 2

Drisana Rios, pictured with her two kids, says she was let go from Hub International on June 2

Rios, who lives with her daughter Dani, four, and son Dylan, one, filed a lawsuit last month alleging gender discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination

Rios, who lives with her daughter Dani, four, and son Dylan, one, filed a lawsuit last month alleging gender discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination

Rios, who had worked for the company since August last year, said she had ‘continued my normal duties as an account executive but now added two young children to the mix’.

She added: ‘It was extremely difficult, but I managed to meet all the deadlines.’ 

The influencer, who has more than 61,000 Instagram followers, had already shared a candid post about her firing  on June 23 along with a picture of herself with her daughter and son.

In the snapshot, her daughter is holding a letter board sign that reads: ‘My mommy got fired because her boss didn’t want to hear me in the background.’  

Rios claims her supervisor was 'motivated by a clear bias against mothers'

Rios claims her supervisor was ‘motivated by a clear bias against mothers’

Rios says her supervisor, named as Daniel Kabban in the complaint, ‘continued scheduling calls during lunch times, when Plaintiff was feeding her children, nursing or putting her child down for a nap.’ 

She said working with Kabban was ‘high energy, intense and stressful’, adding: ‘During the job interview, Kabban even asked me if me having two young kids would prevent me from doing the job. 

‘Even then, it was clear to me that he was concerned about me being a mother.’

Rios is seeking unspecified monetary damages.   

A spokesman for Hub International said: 'While we can't comment on pending litigation, Hub is proud to have successfully transitioned 90 percent of its 12,000-plus employees to working remotely from home throughout the Covid-19 pandemic'

A spokesman for Hub International said: ‘While we can’t comment on pending litigation, Hub is proud to have successfully transitioned 90 percent of its 12,000-plus employees to working remotely from home throughout the Covid-19 pandemic’

The influencer, who has more than 61,000 Instagram followers, had already shared this candid post about her firing on June 23 along with a picture of herself with her daughter and son

The influencer, who has more than 61,000 Instagram followers, had already shared this candid post about her firing on June 23 along with a picture of herself with her daughter and son

In an essay published by ScaryMommy.com, Rios had written: ‘The first week of working from home started off very stressful with multiple calls, emails and unrealistic expectations.

‘The pressure from my boss was creating so much stress. The kids were always interrupting, and the baby wanted to nurse all the time,’ she recalled. ‘They constantly had to wait for me to finish getting something done so I could tend to their needs. My heart broke.’ 

‘He instructed me that on business calls with clients he did not want to hear the kids in the background,’ she said. ‘He stated over and over that it was not professional to hear the kids in the background on client calls and that I had to figure out how to keep them quiet.’  

After more than two months of working from home, she said his frustration with the distractions started to escalate in May, and he told her she needed to ‘take care of [her] kid situation.’  

When she asked what he meant, explaining she can’t just lock her kids in a room, he told her to ‘figure it out.’  



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