Mercedes Tang couldn't be happier about being the mother of two.
But some of the joy of childbirth was taken from Tang the second time around her attorney says, and he blames her former employer St. Lukes Hospital.
"What kind of hospital cares so little about the health of a pregnant woman when she's 39 and a half weeks pregnant and 2 days before going on maternity leave," said attorney Michael Fleming. ""It makes no sense."
Fleming said being terminated caused Tang so much stress her blood pressure rose and doctors had to perform the C-section four days before it was scheduled.
"There was either a complete disregard for the health of Mercedes and her baby or the intention on somebody's part was to harm Mercedes there's no other explanation for this," Fleming said. "It is so ridiculous and egregious."
For over 4 years Tang was the patient access director at St. Lukes and according to court documents never received any negative employee performance reviews.
Court documents allege a hospital administrator, "asserted her desire to take the "keys back to the asylum" and that she would terminate employees to "make examples out of them" and "then bring them back when we have to."
In the court action Tang claims she was fired because she wouldn't follow that administrators' order to terminate an employee based on her age.
"Mercedes hadn't done anything wrong all she had been involved with was a supervisor ordering her to fire people who shouldn't be fired that was it," Fleming said. "She hadn't broken any laws any of the rules nothing. There was no urgency to terminate her days before she was to give birth."
In a prepared statement St. Lukes tells Fox 26 Investigates:
"At St. Luke's Health System we respect the rights and privacy of all employees and it is our policy not to comment on employees past or present.
Our mission is to serve patients, improve the health of our community and to be a workplace with employees who represent St. Luke's values, those of quality, compassion and integrity.
St. Luke's will vigorously defend ourselves against false and merit less allegations."
In court filings St. Lukes accuses Tang of making personnel decisions that created a volatile work environment.
But it's the unemployed mother of two who won the first round in what could be a lengthy court battle.
The judge approved Tang's request to have three hospital administrators deposed and ordered them to turn over all the documents pertaining to Tang's sudden termination.