The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) states that pregnancy discrimination filings are at an all time high. In 2007, the number of pregnancy discrimination filings were up 14 percent to 5,587. Also, the EEOC’s call center received over 20,000 calls regarding pregnancy discrimination; an all time high.
One activist group, MomsRising.org (http://www.momsrising.org/) is making it its mission to do anything and everything to help mothers in the work place. It has about 130,000 members. This website has a lot of helpful information for pregnant mothers and mothers with young children.
Recently in Kentucky, a woman was working at a Motel 6 since 1998 in housekeeping and laundry. She worked her way up and in 2005 was a general manager of a Motel 6. In that year, she became pregnant and notified her manager. And just 2 days later, she was fired. A co-worker overheard the manager say to others that she was being fired because she would not be able to do her job while pregnant.
The defendant, Motel 6, filed a summary judgment motion to dismiss the case. It said that the Plaintiff did not have any reliable evidence proving such. The Judge denied the motion finding that the witness’ testimony is enough and that the issue of credibility is for a jury to decide. Thus, the case is continuing.
To prove discrimination under Title VII, a plaintiff can do so in three ways: 1) proffering direct evidence of discrimination, 2) presenting circumstantial evidence that permits an inference of discrimination, or 3) showing that both legitimate and illegitimate reasons motivated the adverse employment decision. This is of course something that your pregnancy discrimination lawyer will help explain to you.
So, if you believe you have been fired or are being treated unfairly because you are pregnant, you can win your case if you have an actual statement or email from a boss firing you after he or she says it’s for being pregnant, or if all of a sudden you are fired after you tell your boss you are fired and you have been working with company for whatever period of time with no prior history of complaints or bad marks, or if you can show that the firing is purely bogus motives and that maybe for example, your company says they are letting you go for downsizing and then a month later your position is filled by someone else.
If you have been the subject of pregnancy discrimination, please call and speak to a lawyer at the Law Offices of Andrew S. Alitowski at 888-ASK-ANDREW (275-2637) or contact us online. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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