L.A. Reid Responds to Allegations He Fired a Woman for Being Pregnant

Music mogul being sued for unlawful termination.

Posted: 08/05/2014 11:30 AM EDT

L.A. Reid is denying allegations that he refused a pregnant woman overtime pay and then fired her, a lawyer for the music mogul states, adding that Reid has no business interest in the company the woman claims she worked for. 

RadarOnline.com reports that Reid is being sued by Shola Smith-Kirnon for unlawful termination. Smith-Kirnon, who says she worked for CEO Darrin Jennings at Reid's company Thntck, claims her boss denied her overtime pay and then fired her when she was seven months pregnant. Jennings, she alleges, told her she could "no longer function in her previous capacity" and then asked her to transition from administrative assistant to nanny.

Lawyers for Reid, however, are looking to have the lawsuit dismissed, saying “Mr. Reid has never had any contacts with Thntck, nor any ownership interest in Thntck.”

In fact, the response claims, “Mr. Reid also has never served as an employee, officer, or director of Thntck. Given that Mr. Reid does not have any interest in Thntck or serve in any capacity for Thntck, the allegations against Mr. Reid must be dismissed.”

The music executive is currently the CEO of Epic Records and was a judge on the reality competition series The X Factor.

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