Bookkeeper Was Fired and Lost Her Health Insurance While Hospitalized After C-Section
A federal judge has ordered a medical staffing company to pay $148,000 for engaging in pregnancy discrimination.
The lawsuit charged that owner of HCS Medical Staffing, Inc. discriminated against the company’s bookkeeper when he made offensive comments about her pregnancy and fired her because she needed to take maternity leave following the birth of her son.
The court found that the owner of the company referred to the employee’s pregnancy as “a joke,” suggested that her pre-natal appointments were not necessary, and insisted that she take no more than “a couple of days” for maternity leave. Then, with no prior warning or discipline, the employer terminated her employment and health insurance while she was still in the hospital recovering from a Caesarean section.
The court ordered the employer to pay $48,340 in back pay plus interest, $50,000 in compensatory damages, and $50,000 in punitive damages, for a total of $148,340 in damages.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits employers from harassing or discriminating against women because they become pregnant, plan to become pregnant, have a pregnancy-related medical condition, or give birth to a child.
If you have been discriminated against because of your pregnancy, then you should consult with an experienced employment lawyer immediately to protect yourself and your family. The consultation is free and, if you have a case, no attorneys’ fees are paid unless you win.
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