In September of 2012, the Court of Appeals of Kentucky heard a case involving pregnancy discrimination in Kentucky. (See Zhang v. Western Kentucky University, 2012 WL 4464448 (Ky.App 2012)). The plaintiff in this pregnancy discrimination case was a native of China and had entered into an employment contract with the defendant for one year. She was terminated after 7 months into her contract because of poor performance evaluations and having informed her superiors that she was pregnant. Id. Plaintiff informed her employer of being pregnancy on January 17, 2007 and was fired on February 5, 2007. After she told her employer of being pregnant she alleged that he became very angry. After she got terminated plaintiff hired a Kentucky pregnancy discrimination lawyer and filed suit.
Plaintiff alleged wrongful termination based on gender under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. At the Kentucky pregnancy discrimination trial the plaintiff had to prove by preponderance of the evidence that her pregnancy was a determining factor for her discharge. It does not have to be the only reason. On appeal, the plaintiff argued that the jury instructions given to the jury were not correct. “Kentucky favors the practice of “bare bones” jury instructions. This appellate court found nothing wrong with the jury instructions given.
The Kentucky pregnancy discrimination lawyer for the plaintiff had a lot of technical issues that he was appealing. The appellate court denied all of them and so the plaintiff lost her case.
If you have been the subject of a Kentucky pregnancy discrimination matter, please call and speak to a Kentucky pregnancy discrimination lawyer at the Law Offices of Andrew Alitowski, P.A. at 888-ASK-ANDREW (275-2637) or contact us. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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