It has not been a good few weeks for Tidal.
The streaming service is already facing a lawsuit from Prince’s estate alleging the service made Prince’s albums available with out permission — and now Tidal is facing a lawsuit from a former employee claiming pregnancy discrimination and labor laws violations.
Jay Z’s Tidal, a week removed from public litigation in a back-and-forth with Prince’s estate over exclusive rights, finds itself on the receiving end of another lawsuit this week, according to court papers filed Nov. 21. Lisette Paulson, who worked as a label and artist relations consultant at Tidal from March 2015 until September 2015, is suing her former employer claiming her rights were violated after she was denied a private room to pump breast milk and was fired a week later.
Paulson is requesting a jury trial claiming compensation for sex and pregnancy discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of oral contract and violation of the New York Civil Rights Act, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Fair Labor Standards Act and New York State Labor Law.
The suit names Tidal, its COO Desiree Perez and its CFO Joe Burrino, and seeks unspecified damages to be determined at trial.
In the court documents, Paulson claims that after having her baby in May, she was allowed maternity leave and the opportunity to work from home before returning as a full-time employee on Sept. 8; a week after coming back to work, Paulson requested a private place to pump breast milk, and Perez suggested using the bathroom, then said she would work it out with human resources. The following day, Burrino allegedly pulled Paulson out of a meeting and fired her.
Tidal did not respond to a request for comment on the suit.
They’ll most likely settle this one out of court.