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EEOC files pregnancy discrimination suit after termination

| Sep 10, 2019 | Gender & Pregnancy Discrimination

Many people think long and hard before deciding to have children. They may think about their living arrangements, personal capabilities and financial affairs before deciding to take such a major step in life. What they may not consider, however, is the possibility of facing pregnancy discrimination at work.

Unfortunately, this type of discrimination continues to take place across the country, and New York readers may be interested in a lawsuit recently filed in another state. According to reports, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a suit on behalf of a pregnant woman after she was fired from her job. She worked at a massage therapy establishment, and after informing her employer that she was pregnant, she was told that she had to bring a doctor’s note in before she would be able to continue working, even though she had not requested any type of accommodation to continue her job.

Three days after telling her employer about her pregnancy, she was terminated from her position at the establishment. Because firing an employee due to pregnancy violates the law, the EEOC is moving forward with a lawsuit. It was noted that attempts were made to come to a settlement with the massage therapy business, but that route was unsuccessful.

Pregnancy discrimination can cause a number of problems. For example, individuals may count on the income generated from the mother-to-be in order to afford the needs that having a baby will present, and job loss could cause major upheaval. When New York workers face termination, forced leave or other negative treatment due to pregnancy, they may wish to explore their legal options for addressing the wrongdoing.