DISCIPLINE

AOL 'Distressed Baby' Mom Speaks

Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned. AOL chief Tim Armstrong said last week he was cutting 401(k) contributions after health care costs rose, which he blamed on "distressed babies" of his employees. "I take issue with how he reduced my daughter to a 'distressed baby' who cost the company too much money," wrote Deanna Fei, whose husband works for AOL. "How he blamed the saving of her life for his decision to scale back employee benefits. How he exposed the most searing experience of our lives, one that my husband and I still struggle to discuss with anyone but each other, for no other purpose than an absurd justification for corporate cost-cutting." Fei's daughter was born via cesarean just five months into term. Fortunately, she's doing well now. The same can't be said of Armstrong's reputation.