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Workplace discrimination: Woman fired due to pregnancy

Being treated unfairly for certain reasons can often fall into the category of discrimination. When it comes to workplace discrimination, protections are in place to help prevent workers from suffering from mistreatment. However, individuals still lose their jobs and face other wrongdoing due to discrimination on the job.

New York residents may be interested in a pregnancy discrimination case underway in another state. Reports indicated that a woman had begun working as a server at a seafood restaurant in 2015, and she found out she was pregnant two months after starting work. In June of that year, the woman informed her employers of her pregnancy, and a month later, she was terminated from her position. Other workers were reportedly informed that the woman's pregnancy was the reason behind her dismissal.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed a lawsuit against the company on the woman's behalf. The lawsuit claims that the woman had an upstanding work record but that restaurant staff destroyed records relating to her job performance. The suit is seeking an unspecified amount of compensation for resulting damages.

An employer learning of a pregnancy should not make workers fear that they will lose their jobs. Unfortunately, as this case shows, workplace discrimination can cause a number of hardships for expectant mothers. If New York workers have lost their jobs or otherwise been treated unfairly on the job due to their pregnancies, they may wish to determine whether they have reason to pursue legal action. Obtaining evaluations of their cases from legal professionals may help them with this endeavor.

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