Pregnancy might be one of the most fulfilling moments that a woman could have; however, in the labor industry, pregnant women are often being subjected to discrimination based on their condition. This is the time when pregnancy becomes one of the most stressful events in a woman’s life.
Remarkably, rise in pregnancy discrimination is becoming an alarming employment issue these days despite the existing federal and state employment and labor laws being implemented today.
In fact, here is another story of a pregnancy discrimination case that recently took center stage.
According to recent news reports, a former employee of Nike subsidiary, Converse, Inc., filed an employment discrimination and wrongful termination case against the latter.
Based on the said lawsuit, Sarah LaFavers claimed that she was hired in November, 2010 as a sales account executive for Converse, which was bought by Nike way back in 2003. In her few months of employment, managers from the said company praised her job performance. She even received a bonus for the achievement of financial goals and a merit pay increase. However, things went south for LaFavers after she told her employer that she was pregnant and that she would have to take a maternity leave.
Since then, she started receiving negative job reviews until she was eventually terminated in August, 2011.
LaFavers is seeking for lost wages, compensatory damages and other expenses and interest in her lawsuit.
On a related note, a Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyer claimed that during a woman’s pregnancy stage, aside from dealing with their sensitive physical and emotional condition, women who are subjected to pregnancy discrimination also have to stand a hostile working environment and endure the harassments that they experience in the workplace. Therefore, he encourages employers not to make pregnancy more difficult for women. This is for the employers’ own good as well.