It is common knowledge, especially in modern society, that discrimination is morally wrong and can have harmful, lasting impacts on victims. One form of discrimination that does not get talked about much is pregnancy discrimination. In Massachusetts and across the country, expectant mothers may need certain accommodations in the workplace, and in some situations employers can be less than cooperative. Two mothers formerly employed by retail giant Walmart claim that they, along with thousands of other pregnant women, were victims of workplace discrimination. They have filed a class action lawsuit against their former employer.
A plaintiff in the case claims that she was terminated because of her pregnancy. The plaintiff stated she was under orders from her doctor to avoid heavy lifting. However, after informing her supervisor of this, the supervisor allegedly told her that her pregnancy was no excuse. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was only allowed sedentary work after a hospital visit resulted from an attempt to lift a 35-pound tray of rotisserie chickens. She alleges she was later fired after asking about pregnancy leave.
The other plaintiff in the case claims that she was also denied pregnancy accommodations even after she showed her employer a doctor's note saying that she could not climb ladders or lift more than 25 pounds. Allegedly, after refusing to accommodate her pregnancy, her employer forced her to take more than two months of unpaid leave. Upon returning to work after the birth of her child, the plaintiff was assigned a job that paid $2 less than her previous job, the lawsuit claims.
Discrimination in the workplace is not only incredibly immoral and unjust, but it is also illegal in the state of Massachusetts. Victims of workplace discrimination could benefit from seeking the services of an experienced employment law attorney. A successfully litigated lawsuit could provide victims and families with compensation to help ease the pain and suffering caused by discrimination.
Source: rewire.news, "Lawsuit: Walmart Discriminated Against Pregnant Workers", Nicole Knight, May 15, 2017