Many individuals pride themselves on being hard workers. They do their best to work through sicknesses, ensure that they complete necessary tasks on time and properly, and show up when needed. As a result, when an employee becomes pregnant, she likely has the mindset to continue working as well as before. However, employers may treat workers unfairly as a form of pregnancy discrimination.
New York readers may be interested in a lawsuit recently filed against a Fox TV personality. The woman filing the claim worked as an assistant for Laura Ingraham and stated that she assisted Ingraham at various hours of the day and night, remained in nearly constant contact, and performed her work duties in a satisfactory manner. However, after the woman became pregnant, Ingraham reportedly began treating her in a more hostile manner.
The woman stated that she was initially only given a week's maternity leave before it was extended to three weeks on the stipulation that she work from home. Once the woman returned from maternity leave, she was fired from her position. The woman believes that she was discriminated against due to her pregnancy and also lacked breast-feeding accommodations needed for the remainder of her time as an assistant. Legal representation for Ingraham denied the allegations of discrimination.
Though being pregnant may mean that individuals need some accommodations while on the job, workers are often able to continue working without tremendous upset. If an employer dismisses a worker or otherwise treats her unfairly due to her expectancy, it could potentially constitute pregnancy discrimination. If New York workers believe that they have faced such mistreatment, they may wish to gain more information on their legal options.
Source: hudsonvalley360.com, "Former assistant to Fox TV's Ingraham sues, alleging pregnancy discrimination", Keith L. Alexander, April 20, 2018