The Southeast Texas Record recently reported that a lawsuit has been filed against a company in the region after it allegedly unjustifiably fired a pregnant worker.
According to the lawsuit, the Hispanic female worker claims she was fired while pregnant in favor of a non-Hispanic and less qualified employee. She alleges the company let her go as part of a "one-person" reduction in force, which occurred late in her pregnancy. As part of her lawsuit, she claims the company violated the Family and Medical Leave Act.
"[The plaintiff] was terminated in favor of non-pregnant, non-disabled, non-Hispanic and non-FMLA exercising similarly situated and less qualified employees, one of whom was just hired in mid-March," the lawsuit states.
In return, the plaintiff is seeking damages for loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, physical injury and several other punitive damages.
The case highlights the importance of companies adhering to federal regulations and state laws. Acting in a manner that can be deemed discriminatory or in violation of these laws can result in a similar professional liability lawsuit, and can be damaging for companies' reputations.