More headaches for Trump campaign chief as lawsuit says he once fired Multiple Sclerosis patient on maternity leave

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Stephen Bannon, Donald Trump’s new campaign CEO, was accused in a 2005 lawsuit of firing an employee who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis while she was on maternity leave after the birth of her child.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of former employee Julia Panely-Pacetti, who reported to Bannon, against American Vantage Companies, and argued that the firing violated Family and Medical Leave Act protections.

The claim got settled the following year, according to the New York Post, which reported on the lawsuit.

According to the suit, Panely-Pacetti was fired ‘because she became a mother.’

Donald Trump's campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon, was accused in a 2005 lawsuit of firing a female employee who had Multiple Sclerosis following the birth of her child

Donald Trump’s campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon, was accused in a 2005 lawsuit of firing a female employee who had Multiple Sclerosis following the birth of her child

‘Ms. Julia Panely-Pacetti, a new mother who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), was terminated by Defendants from her position as head of public relations and corporate marketing because of her sex and her disability,’ according to the filing.

The firing occured ‘while she was on a protected Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) maternity leave, even though she had been forced to continue performing her job responsibilities from home throughout her maternity leave.’

A Bannon spokeswoman told DailyMail.com Panely-Pacetti lost her job as part of a broader layoff. ‘Ms. Panely-Pacetti was not fired but laid off with all the personnel in her entire division during a corporate restructuring where the parent company exited its international sales and marketing business, and shutdown its communications department.’

Following Panely-Pacetti’s announcement that she became pregnant, Bannon ‘became less available to her on professional matters’ and ‘spoke disparagingly of her pregnancy,’ according to additional details reported by the New York Daily News added.

Bannon joined Trump's campaign operation following the resignation of campaign chairman Paul Manafort last month

Bannon joined Trump’s campaign operation following the resignation of campaign chairman Paul Manafort last month

Bannon reacts to a caller while hosting Brietbart News Daily on SiriusXM at the Republican convention in Cleveland

Bannon reacts to a caller while hosting Brietbart News Daily on SiriusXM at the Republican convention in Cleveland

Bannon, the Trump campaign CEO,  'physically and verbally abused his wife,' according to divorce papers filed by ex-wife Mary Louise Piccard

Bannon, the Trump campaign CEO,  ‘physically and verbally abused his wife,’ according to divorce papers filed by ex-wife Mary Louise Piccard

Trump appoints Bannon as new CEO in campaign shake up

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 The paper reported last week that Bannon was accused by his then-wife, Mary Louise Piccard, in divorce papers of attacking her during a 1996 argument.

According to the papers, Bannon grabbed Picard ‘by the throat and arm,’ and threatened to take the couple’s twin girls ‘and leave.’

‘I took the phone to call the police and he grabbed the phone away from me throwing it across the room, and breaking it as he [was] screaming that I was a ‘crazy f—ing c–t!,’ according to the divorce filing.

Bannon took over Trump’s campaign with the resignation last month of campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who left amid a flurry of reports about his dealings in Ukraine. Manafort succeeded campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who guided Trump’s efforts during the primaries.

Bannon responded that he has a ‘great relationship’ with his ex-wife and his children.

Bannon has taken leave from the conservative website Breitbart.com to help steer Trump’s campaign.

Piccard charged in a court declaration from 2007, while the couple were engaged in a child custody dispute, that Bannon made disparaging comments about Jews during discussions about whether his daughters would attend the Archer School for Girls in L.A. because of Jewish enrollment.

“The biggest problem he had with Archer is the number of Jews that attend,” Piccard said in 2007, according to the Daily News.

“He said that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘whiny brats’ and that he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews,” according to Piccard’s statement. A Bannon spokeswoman said he never said anything like what was charged in the court paper.

 

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