According to the EEOC, a motel doing business in New Orleans unlawfully placed a pregnant employee on leave solely because of the fact that she was pregnant.
The suit alleges that the female employee informed management that she was pregnant and that her pregnancy was considered high-risk.
On about March 1, 2015, the female employee called her manager to inform him that she would be unable to work that day due to a pregnancy-related illness. The manager told Johnson that he was modifying the work schedule and taking her off the schedule for the entire week, despite the fact that she only needed one day off. Six days later, Johnson attempted to call the manager to ask when she would be placed back on the schedule. Later that day, she received a text message from him stating that she was being placed on a leave of absence until her pregnancy was over. Johnson did not request to be placed on a leave of absence.
It may be illegal discrimination for an employer to put an employee on forced leave of absence without pay due to her pregnancy.
In Missouri, the agency that enforces state laws prohibiting employment discrimination is the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR). One law that the agency enforces is the Missouri Human Rights Act.
The Missouri Human Rights Act prohibits illegal gender discrimination against workers in Missouri. Pregnancy is a gender related trait. Therefore, it may be a form of illegal gender discrimination to discriminate against an employee because of pregnancy.
If you live in the Kansas City area and you believe you have been discriminated against by your employer because of a pregnancy, you may want to consider contacting an attorney who has experience prosecuting discrimination cases.
If you believe your employer has mistreated you because you complained about or reported discrimination you may have a retaliation claim.
An experienced labor lawyer may be able to help you draft a charge of discrimination.
If you believe you have a claim for pregnancy discrimination, harassment or retaliation you may want to consider filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC or the Missouri Commission on Human Rights.
Before filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC of the MCHR, you may want to consider contacting an experienced discrimination attorney in your area to help protect your rights.
Filing a charge of discrimination is considered protected activity. It is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for engaging in protected activity.
If your employer has retaliated against you for filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC or the MCHR you may want to consider contacting a law firm with experience handling discrimination and retaliation lawsuits.
Claims for discrimination, harassment, hostile workplace or hostile working environment often have short deadlines. If you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed at work because of your age, you should consider contacting an experienced labor law attorney right away.